Originally Posted by cabinetman
This is a woodworking forum, and . . . guys like me that advocate traditional woodworking methods. I may be in the minority, and that's OK. . . .
I find that the planning and creating the joints the fun part, especially when doing the dry fitting. It's like a puzzle that comes together.
I think that is the point, it is "fun;" however, at times things need to be quick and practical, especially when building necessary items for the kids. I have 8 of my own and now my sister-in-law moved into my home with her 3 kids. At times I have got to use simple, easy, and quick to get things done and PH help. They save so much time. The wood still needs to be square or the PH will pull the project to one side and make the project look worse than Walmart furniture. There is still skill that is needed when using PH.
Aside from the quick and easy, I too would advocate for more traditional woodworking for fine furniture. The table I'm making for my wife has now taken me a year and is about half finished using traditional methods but that is because all of the other small quick projects take up all my time. You know small projects like 2,400 sqft of laminate flooring, drywall, trim, molding, new kitchen, 7 armoires, 180 linear feet of wainscot, 2 new bathrooms, etc. I love working on my wife's table. It is fun.
For this project, I don't think it is about the quick and easy or if it is traditional that is important but what will be safe over a long term. We need to think about how it will be used, by kids. Kids are hard on furniture with wiggles, jumping, climbing, etc. that will put a lot of stress on the joints. I truly believe that PH joints are wrong for this project. And, that is coming from someone that loves using PH joints.
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