Did You Really Make That?

I have promised to build a ukulele for my granddaughter. There is the possibility that I could make one without using a kit…I have some of that training in my background. But I confess that I’m going to choose option B instead and build it from a kit. This is a new experience for me, but I’m looking forward to it.

So what do you think of kits? Are they a good way to learn new woodworking techniques or a cowardly retreat from stepping into woodworking’s breach? Would you consider it for one type of project and not others? I’ve built guitars in the past, and when someone has asked me if I used a kit, it’s given me a little thrill to say no. But as they say, pride goeth before a fall. Regardless, please share your thoughts about kits and woodworking.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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