I absolutely agree on the details of the DT joints and mortise and tenons, although some times doing one of the mortise and tennon joints can be helpful if you are using that joint on a side and back of a narrow leg that you may be attaching a long apron to. I built a walnut desk last summer and seeing the inside of the joint using the x-ray view let me see if the tennons were going to come in contact with each other. I was able to offset the aprons a bit more so that this did not happen.
Agreed, as mentioned above.
I've done models where I only put in three legs and two
Agreed, and again especially if it is a comcept that you have done time and again. I don't really draw drawer details for a kitchen redo any more although I will draw the drawer so that I know howmany of which pieces to plan for. I use Cutlist Plus all the time tell me how much wood to buy.
Nothing really bad about doing the detail solving in the shop, that is the way that I started doing it in the late 70's and early 80's. I drew a concept and worked it out in the shop/garage. I'll admit that I built some pretty nice stuff that I still use today but geez it took a long time to complete a project. I built a dresser that way and I think it took me 3 months of working on weekends. I also would have to make 2 or 3 trips back to my wood supplier to get the materials that I needed. I tended to be a develop the piece as I go type builder back then. Now days it is easier to sell a piece to the customer being able to show him the details of what he is going to spend a few thousand dollars on. I find that I can think just as easily at the computer and see if my idea works and or looks decent immediately. I very seldom have to buy more wood after the initial purchase any more because I have all the details of what I need, knock on wood. I typically don't have any wasted cuts because I know from the drawing exactly how long to cut 98% of the pieces. Basically I can make changes on the computer and present different ideas to the customer and go with the one that he prefers. After doing this for 30 years, I want to build when I am out in the shop not solve problems, I have done that before and that way is not efficient for me.