Meeting with the client for this current project was a great eye-opener for me, reminding me that what we as woodworkers appreciate are often not features customers appreciate. For example, I offered several options for joining the case and the box top, including hand cut dovetails and box joints. But she wanted little or no exposed joinery, clean lines, and even requested that no brass be used on the piece. Try finding box hardware in anything other than brass - I dare you (I'll show you the unique solution I used in an upcoming episode).
In any event, it reminded me that the average buyer is often looking for something much different than we might build for ourselves. For instance, this case has all mitered corners to give a nice clean look, but that meant I needed to reinforce them without showing the joinery. So an inside spline was the best choice. However, that required me to build a new jig since I would rarely use this joint in a spec piece. But now that I have a better understanding for what the market wants, maybe I'll use this jig more often now!
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