Finding Furniture Designs

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If you are new to woodworking then finding furniture designs that you like and your skill level can handle might be challenging.  The more you practice and hone your skill the more options are open to you.  If you head into a furniture store there are a plethora of options that you can be inspired by.  Bear in mind that you don’t have to replicate something you find in a furniture store.  When you design and make your own furniture you have the choice of wood types, size and styles.  You can customize however you want.

DIY Versus Store Bought

When it comes making your own furniture or buying it, it should be noted that you probably won’t save any money by doing it yourself. The materials and the cost of tools if you don’t have them already will cost you more than a piece of furniture.  That is not meant to discourage you in any way, handmade pieces are generally better constructed and there’s no doubt you will use better quality wood.  Handmade pieces of wood can last for decades becoming family heirlooms.  Furniture from a store is usually of Chinese manufacture and not well put together at all.

Consider Your Space

Consider your space when finding designs for furniture, you need furniture that fits with your space.  Space can be a luxury in some homes,  open space design can make a home look bigger than it is but when you try and put in a huge dining room set or cabinets you may find it overwhelming.  If you are new to wood working you may that type of furniture is beyond your skill set.  Start with a small hallway table or side table that is fairly simple construction and the materials are less expensive.

Type of Wood

The type of wood you choose will reflect your personal style.  Do you prefer dark rich woods or are you more into the blonde Scandinavian woods?  What kind of finishes do you want to use?  Brushed nickel is very much in style and it looks great with almost any style of wood.  Brass can be kind of gaudy but it can work well with lighter woods.  If you know a metal worker then wrought iron can blend well with your wood pieces.

When it comes to making furniture start with something simple and work your way up to more complicated projects.  There are plenty of design plans online with a ton of different options for finishes and different types of wood.

Getting a Deal on Woodworking Tools

Woodworking is not a cheap hobby at all and having a fully equipped workshop is a big investment.  Tools, in particular, are not cheap and some of the bigger tools like jointers, planers and saws can run into the thousands of dollars. But getting a deal on woodworking tools is easier than you think.  You can buy some of the larger machines used which will save you thousands.  Whether woodworking is a hobby or a business the more complicated the project is the more tools you are going to want to get your hands on.  Let’s have a look at how you can pick up some great bargains on used tools.

Classified Sites

Your best source to find used woodworking equipment is to hit Craigslist but bear in mind that you may have to travel a bit to get a bargain but if you’re saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars over new then it is well worth it.  There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re buying things off of Craigslist.  First, always bring a friend with you, there is safety in numbers and if you do buy the equipment you’re going to need help moving it.  Get lots of pictures of the piece before you even leave home and as much info as possible.  If the seller won’t tell you then don’t bother.

Take it for a Test Drive

Like anything you buy used, you are going to want to check it out first and make sure it is in good working order.  Most machines aren’t really that complicated, the parts are generally made from sheet metal or cast iron so check for cracks or rust.  Unplug the machine and have a look at the motor even if you know little or nothing about motors just check and make sure it doesn’t have a burnt smell.  Do all of the moving parts work the way they are supposed to.  Turn the machine on and give the equipment a try and make sure that it works.  Lastly, you want to find out why they are selling and if the rest of the tools are in good working order.  You want a piece of equipment that has been cared for.

When it comes to woodworking tools always keep one ear to the ground looking for a bargain.  You can also check on some of the online forums where other woodworkers like you may have tools for sales.