Before I started woodworking, I always looked at furniture and other pieces as just what they were, not paying attention to how it was built and the materials used to build it. Now I’m finding myself touching and digging deeper into checking out the fine details of the furniture. For example, we inherited a couple pieces of furniture, one piece very old, and the others, maybe bought in the 1970’ made by Thomasville. I never gave them much thought until I started into the hobby. Now I open the drawers and see the solid wood pieces and the dovetailed drawers and the flutes and molding, etc. The older pieces of furniture for sure had hand cut dovetails holding the drawer together and possibly more. Things that I always took for granted, or frankly never noticed. Doing more and more handtool work also makes me really appreciate the fine details that go into older furniture and find it amazing what people built with their two hands and a couple hand tools. I own a flooring store and I find myself analyzing every floor in every building, house, etc that I walk into. I notice the good jobs and the bad jobs and materials. Things that people wouldn’t notice unless you’re in the trade, but it’s what I call an occupational hazard.
-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com