This past weekend I repaired two wooden garden benches that we purchased about seven years ago. This was the second time in seven years that I performed major repairs on these benches and they probably won’t be able to be repaired again (or rather won’t be worth repairing). In that same seven years, an Adirondack chair that I made sat out in the yard next to the benches. This year I repainted it, and it looks brand-new….it will last many, many more years. In fact after its new paint, it is indistinguishable from the two new Adirondack chairs that I made this summer.
Can you tell which of the chairs below is seven years old and which two are new?
While it may be true that you can buy furniture now-a-days for the same price as the materials to make it yourself (not to mention the tools)…there is no comparison is quality or longevity. Something you make will last a lifetime, something modern that you buy will likely not last 10 years.