When a piece of furniture begins to wobble or sag, you may not be able to detect that a nail or screw has been used instead of a mortice and tenon joint, but you will realise the piece has been poorly constructed. The techniques for making quality furniture pieces have not changed much over the past few hundred years. Properly seasoned timber which is constructed with due attention to wood movement and with mechanically strong joints will stand the stresses and strains of constant use.

There are excellent machines which take a lot of the physical labour out of preparing raw timber for furniture making, saving hours of time. But for a skilled craftsman, the joy of working with hand tools to create individual pieces is an intrinsic part of the satisfaction of quality furniture making.