In the old days, before the invention of the veneer ply or “plywood”, all wooden furniture – including cabinetry – was constructed from pieces of solid integral timber.
Even though machine tools were not available at that time, every piece was very precise and the work was finished to an artisan’s exacting standards.
Most amazing of all were the joints. Almost none of these had a nail, or a screw – as dove tail joints were extensively employed. How did those craftsmen achieve such precision ?
The work quality was “Rolls-Royce” grade, as compared to those of modern “instant-mee” generation workers, whose works by comparison are like beat-up,multi-crash patch-up jobs.