Building it better
If you know tools then you know Festool. I would consider myself one of Festool's biggest fans. Recently, I adopted a new construction practice, using the Festool Domino, for face frame and cabinet box assemblies. The Domino is a mortiser that uses prefabricated loose tenons similar to a dowel, but glorified. Mortise and tenon joinery is nothing new. However, this "loose tenon" is. Making an integrated tenon on a workpiece is very time consuming. With the Domino it's been made simple. The "loose tenon" is like a dowel in the sense that the workpiece gets mortised and the tenon gets glued in. So long to the days of using a chisel to pair the tenon to the mortise. Mechanical assemblies are great, don't get me wrong, but this is a far superior type of joinery. Thanks Festool!
The last two jobs which involved kitchen cabinetry purchased by reputable manufacturers has me wondering what has happened to quality control. Nothing leaves my shop unless it is ready to be installed, which means no imperfections, no damage, and no flaws in the finish. Somehow, for some unsensible reason, these big production shops are shipping out products that I cannot, in good conscience, install. It seems as though they are losing site of the "made in America" standard. Rest assured, I will not overlook this, and I will do whatever it takes to rectify the situation. On one of the previously mentioned jobs I had the finished matched and made the doors and other components to get the job completed and done so in a timely manner. The customer couldn't believe how well everything was matched. Thank you Sherwin Williams for helping me with that.