Haven’t been out in the shop much. The cabinets are built. Doors are done. Drawers about finished. It has been a nice and educational change of pace. This week I’ve been out installing prefabs.
Yesterday I peeked in the house that was being built next door. The American people are just getting ripped off. The craftsmanship was very bad…very, very bad! The painter was touching up and we chatted for a while. He was just sick and tired of being treated bad. (he used the appropriate construction lingo $##!#%) The developer had just been on every one’s back to get the job done fast and it showed. Mr. painter said there where doors hung so bad you couldn’t even close them. I saw plenty wrong with the cabinets. Not so much the install just the cheap crap they sales people pull.
These were “shaker” style cherry cabinets. Nice wood…except the sides were the phony oak. The cabinets where a full over lay with no knobs. You could not get your fingers between the drawers to open them. The had very flimsy drawers. All in all just shoddy work. I wish I was talking about a situation that was somehow unusual but at least in this area 2/3 of the large developers work this way.
I tend to work behind some quality craftsmen in houses that cost just the same if not less! It probably sounds like I’m whining again. If I had to work in those houses I would be whining. What I’m doing is bitching. Preaching to the choir. I know I can build cabinet at prefab prices with significantly improved quality.
If you are in a dead-end job and have a few tools, maybe a bit of experience, a love of wood…I know I enjoy working with my hands… I’ve always heard that custom cost more and I can’t compete with the prefabs…I guess they where wrong.