Pre-made project components are cheating?

April 22, 2013

It’s turning out that April Showers is bringing more than anticipated May Flowers, especially if you live near a body of water or a low-lying area like some unfortunate folks not to far away from my home. I’m wishing everyone effected by the flooding in recent days the best of luck and hoping the damage was minimal.

But what does that have to do with why I haven’t posted any new project videos recently? Not a lot really! I guess I’m trying to pull a little bait and switch on you to stop by the website and see what’s new…JUST KIDDING (kind of…)

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Actually the truth is simply that there are months throughout the year that just end up being busier outside of the shop than in it. I’m sure you can all relate to that, so I know you won’t be too angry at me when I say I’m still working on some new content and it should be posted in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I’ve been combing the internet and looking for some new ideas and hopefully some videos to share with everyone to keep you inspired and motivated to get in the shop even if I can’t.

One such video I just rediscovered and wanted to share with you was something from the folks at Osborne Wood Products. If you’re not familiar with them they’re a company who pre-make project components like table legs, corbels, moldings, etc. One product they produce that you might consider making yourself are a set of table slides for extending the length of a table with a couple of leaves.

I say you might consider making them yourself, but in actuality I’d probably prefer to purchase a set that I know will work as soon as I install them and frees me up from having to re-engineer something that someone else took the time to figure out for me.

Some people might consider purchasing pre-made table extension slides or pre-turned legs cheating, but as far as I’m concerned if it’s something that helps me achieve a finished project that looks as good or better than I imagined…I’ll happily cheat to get the look or action I know I won’t regret.

How do you feel about pre-made products? If it helps you to achieve the look without having to worry about wasting materials or taking you too far out of your comfort zone are you willing to do it?

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  1. Brian Eve says:

    I just bought a couple of wooden Shaker drawer pulls for a side table I’m building. I don’t think that’s cheating as I don’t have a lathe.

  2. I agree with Brian. If you don’t have a lathe, you have got the parts somewhere, somehow; or just stick to squarish, rectangular stock. I don’t think this is cheating at all.

  3. Matt says:

    I’m actually in agreement with both of you. I’ve only recently even fired up my lathe for the first time and given it’s smaller size I can’t see myself turning legs or such with it.

    Outside resources are actually extremely helpful with A LOT of projects.

  4. Dyami says:

    No shame in premade components. Just build what you like, how you like and you’re a woodworker.

  5. No shame in it, as long as you are proud of it.

  6. John Verreault (aka JohnnyVee) says:

    Cheating smeating. In the time-crunched reality most of us live in, a little assistance is welcome. Besides, if you want to give manufacture of legs or knobs or slides or whatever a go then kudos to you. Hell, for most of us it’s a hobby not a vocation. Good on you Matt for saying so…which reminds me that I have yet to fire up that lathe I got from a buddy 3 years ago (et mea culpa).

  7. Joe Zagula says:

    I agree with you. why re-invent the wheel. If I am building a table with extensions, I would by the table slides from Osborne. The table would be completed quicker and the slides would work perfectly.

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