17 Modern Furniture Designs for Woodworking Inspiration
Jun09

17 Modern Furniture Designs for Woodworking Inspiration

Woodworking is a fun and enjoyable hobby that anyone can learn. You can quickly become proficient enough to make your own furniture. All you need are the right tools and a little bit of practice, and you can start designing and crafting quality furniture pieces in no time! Tools and Materials You need a few essential tools that will help you design and build that perfect table, chair or other piece. Some of the basics include: Power jointer and planer Hammer and chisel Circular saw (a table saw is even better) Power drills Wooden mallet Square and tape measure Screws Nails Pencils The right type of adhesive Types of Adhesives Part of woodworking and furniture making includes selecting the right type of wood adhesive. Yellow glue is often a good choice for most woodworking projects because it is strong and dries quickly. However, when building outdoor furniture, for example, you might want to use a waterproof glue that seals out moisture better. Some adhesives, like a polyamide hot melt, are made especially for woodworking. Others, like glue sticks, can be used for wood, plastics and other materials. If you experience gaps in your joinery try an epoxy. A few woodworking projects that may become inspiration for modern furniture designs are: Slant Front Desk — This sleek and charming desk makes a lovely addition to any den, office or even sitting room. Use cherry wood, and buy quality fittings to ensure that you’re crafting something of heirloom quality that you can pass on to the next generation. Murphy Bed — The perfect pick for the compact urban apartment! Whether you live in an apartment or need an additional bed for your college student’s friends during spring break, a queen-size Murphy Bed is innovative and space-saving. Plus, it is inexpensive and relatively easy to construct. Use pine to give it a rustic look, stain it to match your existing décor or create a standalone piece and add shelving or other decorative touches to suit your taste. Bar Cabinet — Everyone would love to have a bar in their home, and it’s relatively easy to make that dream a reality! Building a bar cabinet, with built-in wine and glass racks, can spice up any dining room, basement or den. Get creative with the doors and use sheet metal inserts. Bunk Bed — Create an extra-special place for the kids when you build your own DIY bunk bed. Building a bunk bed is an excellent way to start your woodworking furniture career. It is simple to construct, and you can make them out of virtually any material. If you want to go beyond...

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17 Clever Tool Storage Ideas
Feb27

17 Clever Tool Storage Ideas

Once you use a tool, you set it aside and later wonder where you took it out from. Unfortunately, not all of us are as organized as we would like to be, or as our professions would demand. For instance, if you work with tools, you need to organize and store them correctly, but whoever does? If you’ve been wondering how your counterparts save time and energy just by being well-organized, take a leaf out of their book here. We present 17 innovative and surprisingly easy tool storage ideas that will make life easy for you. Choose any one or more of them depending on your space, need and time to make them: Create extra space on your work bench If your workspace is small and you need to accommodate your tools too, one great idea is to use your wall. Create a wall unit where you can stack up your tools. This gives you more room on your work bench and cabinets while organizing your tools and within your view. Check this great tool storage wall cabinet out and here and see how this is made.     Make your own docking and charging station Why do you need just a docking station only to store your power tools? Why not charge them while they remain there? Among all the power tools storage ideas you might have come across, this one rocks. It is a docking cum charging station is a fabulous solution for small spaces that end up being time-saving for you too. If you create a drawer here, it can store your screws, drill, bits, etc. too. . Check the source here. Get yourself a vertical rack Most tools are easy to store in an organized manner, except perhaps for clamps. Also, they’re difficult to keep in any one place, but with the rolling steel-frame vertical storage rack, or the Rockler Pack Rack, you can accommodate all kinds of clamps of a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. It also gives you two shelves with convenient places to stack your hand tools, glue bottles and any other accessories. Check this out here. Build a mobile plywood unit You never know which tool is going to come to your rescue at what point, so it’s practical to have them all with you while you work on a project. Here’s a mobile unit you can create with dedicated spaces for all your needs. And you can wheel it wherever in your shop or garage you work. Find out more about it here. Use that coat rack for your power tools Perhaps, you’ve put away an old coat rack, hoping to get...

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What To Get My Dad For Christmas – 20 Best Ideas
Dec14

What To Get My Dad For Christmas – 20 Best Ideas

For weeks now, you’ve been trying to think of “what to get my dad for Christmas”? What could it be? And then finally it struck you that for a woodworker like him, there’s no better gift than a wooden object. Should it be work-related or something out of the work sphere? If you still need to refine your thoughts, take a look at the ideas we have for woodworking gifts for Dads: Knife Block: All you need to make a customized knife block is a to have a few spacers and some hardwood stock. You can customize this project to accommodate any number of knives. Here’s a great knife block plan for you. Cribbage Board: Here’s a classic board game. This essentially is a piece of wood with more than 240 holes drilled into it. To drill the holes, you will need to have a CNC machine fully programmed and a template to bore the holes using a drill. You can customize the cribbage board by using different kinds of wood and make an excellent X’mas gift of it. Coat Rack: Here’s a practical gift that everyone in the family will thank you for. To have at the entrance of your home is great news. Make it from solid wood and glue it together, doing away with screws and nails. Soft maple is a good option but you could also choose from oak, pine or birch or whichever wood matches the furnishings or trims of your home. The perfect gift of wood for your Dad. Side Box: Creating this gift for a woodworker is a great way of showing off your skills, even if only to your Dad. All you need to have is a piece of wood with an elegant linear grain pattern and you’re good to go. It needs more skill to create this one than an ordinary trinket box. For example, you will have to take care that its sides are so made that it looks as if the wood grain flows smoothly across its facet, around the corner and into the neighbouring facet and then all around the box without any break. Boot Rack: You can build a charming boot rack for your woodworker Dad, particularly if you want to celebrate a white Christmas. You can get this gift ready for your Dad by making this fixture using stock lumber and two-inch dowels so that the outside mud and slush remain there. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to build it, you can buy this boot rack – White Finish Solid Wood Storage Shoe Boot Bench Shelf Rack Laminated Cutting Board: Here’s a useful...

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Pricing Your Custom Woodworking Projects: Some Handy Tips
Sep23

Pricing Your Custom Woodworking Projects: Some Handy Tips

Whether you’re an upcoming woodworker or an experienced one or just planning to start your woodworking business, when it comes to pricing your custom woodworking projects, you need to be sensible so that you make something out of it. Pricing your customized woodwork projects is done by taking certain parameters into account. when clients ask what the cost of a particular bespoke piece of furniture is, it could vary from professional to professional. Here are six variables that influence the cost of a piece of customized furniture: The type of timber or materials used: The cost of different species of timber varies. You can use veneers rather than MDF to reduce your costs, or reclaimed timber that adds a lot of class and character to the environment, though not always cheap. What could increase the cost of materials is whether it is locally sourced or obtained from sustainable sources. Creating quality products: If you’re making customized furniture, obviously it means that your customer will not want a flat-pack design or something that’s mass made at the lowest cost. The items you create will be high quality stuff, one of a kind and highly durable. How much joinery effort does it involve? Often, customers are shocked to find that a single chair costs much more than a dining table. One reason could be the price of raw materials or the joinery effort involved in making the chair. This is a very important parameter for setting a woodworker’s prices for custom pieces. Is the design new and original or an existing design one? If the woodworker is going to create a design for the piece of furniture, it will mean more expense for you. However, if it means going by an existing design, it shouldn’t be that expensive. You should be clear about this as it could mean more money. Are there volumes involved or is it a one-off piece? Once you talk high volumes of customized furniture, the per unit cost of woodworking will reduce. This is because he won’t have to look for raw materials, taking specific measurements and setting up tools. On the other hand, for one-off pieces, since volumes are down to one, it will be that much more expensive. Labour and overheads cost too: Customers don’t really care about the conditions under which woodworkers work to produce their wares. Their safety while working and rents also form part of the cost that you finally pay. So, having any furniture custom-made cannot be procured at a low cost but will include this factor too. After all, you’re buying a piece of furniture made just for you from...

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What is Wood Veneer? Advantages and Disadvantages
Sep22

What is Wood Veneer? Advantages and Disadvantages

What is wood veneer? Veneer used for woodworking projects refers to thin wood slices, often lesser than 3 mm (1/8 inch). They are usually stuck onto core panels made of wood, MDF or particle board and used for cabinets, parts of furniture, doors, parquet floors and marquetry. It is therefore a kind of manufactured board. Wood veneer is obtained by peeling off a tree trunk or slicing off large blocks of wood or flitches. If you can see the grain and figure in the wood, it is due to slicing through the tree’s growth rings and depends largely on the angle of wood slicing. Veneer applications: Wood veneer is used largely for interior decoration in homes, hotels, offices and other projects such as advertising boards. It is also used to make wood veneer wallpaper and sheets, flexible veneer sheets and veneer parquet. By using veneer in your home or office, you can give your environment a completely unique look. Differences between wood veneer and solid wood: If you’re shopping for furniture, you’re could be like many others who don’t know the difference between solid wood and wood veneers. People often think erroneously that veneered furniture isn’t half as good as solid wood. However, the truth is that veneers are used to make premium furniture pieces and are often be more expensive than its solid wood counterpart. Solid wood furniture: All exposed parts of solid wood furniture are made of the same species of natural wood. These exposed pieces do not usually contain either particle board or particle board. Veneer furniture: Veneer furniture is made by sticking thin wood veneer layers together with the grain set at right layers on a thick centre. This crisscross design reduces the chances of veneer sheets from cracking or splitting. The glue used for this purpose is identical as the one used in marine and aircraft building, making veneer wood much stronger than natural wood. Advantages of solid wood • It’s practical as it is durable and easy to repair. If it develops scratches, dents or water marks, they can be repaired. Advantages of veneer • It is aesthetically very appealing. • Its most beautiful logs are cut into veneer for money. • It is versatile, affordable, flexible and pliable to work with and can be used for walls, ceilings, cabinets and furniture. • It is also easily available. • It is very stable and does not warp or split. It is also very durable. • For home projects that involve curves, such as siding, entertainment centers and stairs, veneer sheets are very good. Being pliable, they work very well for these projects. •...

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What Are Faux Wood Wall Panels?
Sep12

What Are Faux Wood Wall Panels?

An overview of what are faux wood wall panels, how to use them, and where to use them. Perhaps, you are thinking of renovating your home and wondering how to give it a new look and make your space look more appealing. How can your home stand out from the others? One obvious answer that comes to mind is the inclusion of faux wood wall panels. These panels won’t just add originality and flair to your home but your friends and family will love its uniqueness. Though there are several kinds of faux panels that you can choose from today, one popular kind is faux wood wall panels. It feels good to use faux wood panels in your home if you think of just how expensive real wood is and totally unaffordable for some. Besides, wood has its own appeal in the comfortable feeling it lends to any room. Though faux wood panels aren’t the real thing, yet they look as real as wood and can be successfully used in kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and saunas. They are also used in commercial setups like hotels and offices to give an air of sophistication. Make your walls look dramatic: This decorative accent consists of panels, sheets or blocks of wood, plywood, hardboard or timber. By adding paneling to your walls is one of the surest ways of beautifying them. These panels can be fixed on the walls and immediately your damaged walls can look like new. They are cheaper alternatives to wall panels drawn from genuine oak, rosewood, walnut, redwood, etc that can cost you the earth. You can choose faux wood panels from a range of sizes, patterns and grains. They mimic the real wood to the extent that they maintain the rustic look of real wood without the expense. How faux wooden panels are made: Usually, faux wood panels are made out of PVC or composite wood. They are also a blend of hard wood chips and vinyl. Types available: Cordless faux wood panels: These are ideal for you if you are worried about your safety. The cords in these panels are not dangerous to the user as they are posted at specific lengths. Routless faux wood panels: Here, the cords are passed through each slat which helps to reduce the incoming light to a room. In homes and offices, this kind of wood panel helps prevent any leakage of light from TV and computer monitors. Motorized faux wood panels: The angle of these blinds is adjustable using remote control. PVC faux wood panels: Though expensive, these panels are lightweight and manageable. How to use faux wood panels: To paint...

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