Due Diligence

  1. Attached to this post is a picture of a door for a cabinet I’m building. It is sanded, unfinished and unglued. This is a stage of building furniture that I consider very important: fitting before glue-up. If everything doesn’t fit properly and I’ve already applied the glue, it can get very messy. Also, this would mean that some pieces
  2. have to be re-sized or thrown away and made anew. With glue on things, the first of these options is a very messy business. I’ve made all these mistakes so I know.  This is one of the steps in my process which falls under due diligence. I learned the phrase (not the reality) in school. It referred to the watchfulness which has to be followed in order to be sure that an investment is appropriately applied (or withdrawn, as the case may be).  Due diligence is the process I go through to insure as well as I can that no mistakes are made. I’ve also discovered this way that my original conception of how a piece should be designed is slightly askew and needs to be changed. This has been a rough year for me and my shop. What with the medical problems and delays and fleas, etc. I have had to struggle behind schedule much of the time. Thanks to gracious customers I’ve managed to keep the ship afloat. In times like this with the pressure of deadlines looming, due diligence is easy to skip. Also, if a person is just starting out in woodworking, the temptation for wanting everything to come out easily and well every time is overwhelming.  Follow due diligence.