When it comes to building large projects, there has been a big shift in the past 30 years. For instance, if I go to the Reader’s Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual published in 1973, their instructions to build a set of kitchen cabinets indicated that you should build them piece by piece on site. Judging from what I have seen my friends tear out of their kitchens from homes built in that time period, it seems that was the primary, if not only, way to build.
Fast forward to the 1990’s, and wow, what a change. New kitchens are built in modular units in workshops close to the large table saws, miter saws and workbenches to ensure a high level of accuracy. Then, once assembled, these modules are brought to the site to be installed.
While this applies primarily to kitchen cabinets, plans to build other large projects have reflected this change.
Yet, still, I have seen and heard of woodworkers who still build their projects the old way, stick by stick on site.
So, my question this week is about your building process. Do you build on site, in your shop or have your methods changed?