As the standard for most furniture becomes high quantity rather than high quality, the only way to compete is to adapt a mechanized production method with extremely expensive cnc machines (or cheap labor). So the only thing required is knowing how to program the cnc machine to perform each task, and once the initial investment of programing has been made you can mass produce whatever you have designed. Sounds great doesn’t it. . . The problem is, most people in our culture don’t even considers the importance of having the simplest skills to create the basic necessities of life, its viewed more in terms of; if I tried to make this table for my home it will cost me x amount of money for materials and THIS much time to build it, so it is WAY cheaper just to buy it from a mass manufacturer. But there is something lost when everything we create no longer requires any personal skill, because our ability to understand how something is made is lost, our ability to work in more than two dimensions (with our hands) is lost, and we no longer appreciate what it takes to create something, because we don’t understand what it takes to create it. Thus we live in a consumer culture, where the cheaper the product is the more it will sell, and that mentality can only lead to compromised quality. The average durability of a dining table lasts between 5 to 7 years, because it has been designed and BUILT to be bought again, to “help keep the economy running”. But furniture is not supposed to be disposable, it should be built to last for generations.