Don't Forget to Bookmark our site.
Building your own furniture is a great challenge and can affords much of personal enjoyment. When you build something, you choose the quality of everything, if you build yours properly it can compare it to the most beautiful piece you will find. Buying furniture versus making it comes down to how likely you are to find exactly what you are looking for at an affordable price.
One of the main challenges to building a table is a sturdy joint between the legs and the frame, while still allowing to take the table apart for moving. The obvious and sturdiest choice would be to just use mortise and tenon join the apron rails and the legs together,that arrangement can not be taken apart. For most commercial wooden tables, the apron rails are not joined to the legs. Instead, a diagonal piece is mounted between the rails, and a single large bolt that pulls the legs in against the rails, pulling the leg against the apron rails.
One of my personal favorite styles of furniture is that done in the period of the 18th century. The beauty and grace of it is the very reason it is still a popular style even today. It is one of the most challenging styles in woodworking. I believe the combination of the incredible understanding of proportion, and the realization of the conditions these men were working under, just adds to my amazement of it. I am quite certain if I had to work under those conditions, I would have done something else. It just sounds like hard work.
An Adirondack chair is an excellent project for either a beginner or for the experienced woodworker. One or more can be built in a weekend. With it's wide arms, big enough to act as serving trays, and its lean-back seating position, this chair is perfect for kicking back and enjoying a summer afternoon on the deck. Building a one presents the opportunity to get creative with the design, as it does have specific, purpose related requirements. It can be designed around the furniture already in use, or be a stand alone piece.
Whether admired in a magazine photo or experienced firsthand in a home or country inn, rustic wood furniture commands attention and inspires craftsman and woodworkers alike with its rugged yet simplistic feel. These handmade works of art are a beautiful addition to the home and some exceptional pieces have been known to sell for thousands of dollars.
In my shop, old doors, windows and hardware are staples. Let me explain. After deciding it was time to do something that I had always been interested in, but of which I had little experience or knowledge, I enrolled in a heritage carpentry program at a local college. I intended to work at restoring some of the lovely old properties in Ottawa, Ontario, where I live. Maybe that was a little naïve considering the amount of work it entailed, so I scaled my aspirations down a bit. I turned my attention to salvaging and using the doors and windows from vintage buildings, which hold a special appeal to me. I appreciate the craftsmanship of each piece.
Once a design was settled on, the construction details were pretty simple to come up with, as we already knew we wanted a light weight, and very stable table top. Due to the size of the top, (nine feet by four and a half feet), the term "light weight", still meant pretty heavy.
Demilune, or hall tables, are a great way to practice several woodworking techniques, and in the process, end up with a product with a large demand. We often build these little tables to allow our creative juices to flow, as the combinations of design and available woods to experiment with, are seemingly endless.