Today I did the rough sanding on the new birdfeeder to remove splinters. I did find a couple of clever features -- the side panels come out, and the hanging cord is attached with T bars so it should be replaceable too. The woodwork is solid. But the finishing? Jesus, for what we paid, I shouldn't have to do more than touch up a few places. I had to sand the whole thing, and I'll have to do it again with fine sandpaper then wipe it down before I can put the topcoat on. >_< Such is the state of "professional" woodworking nowadays.
My grandfather would've tanned my hide if I left something this unfinished, when I was five. I may not be any good at building things, but I certainly know how to finish them. And what it looks like when someone hasn't bothered. All you have to do in a proper shop is run the pieces through a belt sander or a plane. The outside pieces were only given a lick and a promise, the inside hadn't been touched at all. Tch.
But it will damn well be finished when I get through with it.