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#1 posted 07-19-2017 02:48 PM

Its quite simple. If you do a carving and use a CNC its not hand carved, period end of debate. If you don t give a disclaimer to that effect, then you are falsely taking credit for a skill you may not possess. And BTW saying “I did it on a CNC” is not really truthful is it? More accurately “it was done on a CNC.”

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I’m not sure why “taking credit” is even important.
We service a very particular clientelle at the very high end of our market. We offer pretty much everything under the sun woodworking-wise. We sell dovetail drawers on nearly every job, but it is extremely rare to get a request for “hand cut” dovetails instead of machine cut dovetails.

Only in a few cases of reproduction furniture do we hand cut dovetails. To the other 99.9% of clients, they don’t care. In fact, they seem to prefer the perfection over the handmade imperfection. (Stainless steel drawers seem to be popular with the “in” crowd right now)

There is no disclaimer anywhere that says “our dovetails are made on a CNC dovetailer” (which they are) and we don’t claim that they are hand made either. They simply look through our showroom, see our various drawer options and go, “Ooh, I really like that one right there” and done. (or words to that effect) ;-)

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