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Making furniture from reclaimed materials. Wut.

I plan to take up a new hobby: making furniture from reclaimed wood and metals. What should I read? What materials do I need? What should I know? [more inside]
posted by Mr C on Nov 29, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I treat and preserve stained wood to avoid further damage?

I just bought a farm table that the previous owner had in a NYC apt that got hot and cold with vicious radiator heat. It's got some warping and cracking, but it's still beautiful and I'd like to do everything I can to prevent it from getting further damaged over time. I thought I'd just give it a good coat of linseed oil, but the surface is very lightly stained, and I read elsewhere that linseed oil is meant for naked wood. Any suggestions on how to treat my new baby? Thank you!
posted by subpixel on Mar 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Please help me not kill anyone with my self-designed furniture

I want to make some (very simple) wooden furniture to fit some specific use cases, so I drew my own plans up. I don't have any furniture design peeps or woodworkers in real life that I can ask to look at them. Is there anywhere on the web I can post my plans and get feedback on if this table will work the way I want it to, and maybe get some construction order advice? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jul 12, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I strengthen my futon frame?

Soliciting suggestions from handyperson types: How can I reinforce my futon to withstand heavier loads? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt on May 20, 2012 - 4 answers

High quality woodworking videos?

Please recommend me more high quality woodworking video content! [more inside]
posted by fonzie on Mar 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Fine woodworking without a full shop, advice?

I want to do some fine woodworking to build a portfolio to apply for jobs in furniture shops. But I don't have a fully equipped shop to do this in, what kind of projects should I be looking to do and what tools do I need? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Mar 14, 2012 - 20 answers

Hacking (or just hacking up) my couch, vs. just replacing it already

Can I hack my (Ikea Varnamo) couch? SHOULD I? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Feb 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Ron Swanson me.

I have decided that I want to start doing some basic woodworking, but I have absolutely no clue what I'm doing. Where to get started? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 14, 2012 - 26 answers

Should I be satisfied with the way my movers repaired this table?

Should I be satisfied with the way my moving company repaired this table? [more inside]
posted by enlarged to show texture on Sep 3, 2011 - 14 answers

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck had a gift certificate?

Got a $400 gift certificate to spend at Lie-Nielsen heirloom woodworks. I'm a beginner luthier (solid body electrics) and furniture maker. What are the essential basic hand tools for a hobbiest? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Need a table: Long, narrow, simple, sturdy. Suggestions?

This is my dream table: Simple, classy, sturdy and inexpensive. My problem: I want it in an unusual size (long and narrow, almost like a console table [5-6 feet long, 18 inches wide]). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Mar 14, 2011 - 14 answers

I would do it myself if I only knew how.

I'm looking for good books and blogs on furniture building and other diy home improvement projects for apartment dwellers. I like building things, and am interested in making my own furniture, but I'd like to use a book that's geared toward small spaces and spaces where one can't actually make "built-ins" but can replicate the look.
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Turn a log into a stool!

My favorite tree went down in a huge storm here in Brooklyn and I recovered a log from it to turn it into a stool. It has been sitting on the ground for at least 3 weeks, but looks good, no rot. I did see some bugs and there is definitely dog pee on it. How should I clean it, make sure the bugs are out and then seal it up (polyurethane I assume). I'm a total novice at this and could use some advice!
posted by lockse on Nov 14, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me find someone to cut unfinished wood in the Boston area!

Where can I have wood (pine boards and plywood) accurately cut for furniture-building in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by HeKilledKennedy on Jul 6, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I fix the finish on my coffee table?

How do I fix the chipped finish on my coffee table? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jun 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Woodworking without modern fasteners?

Where can I find woodworking plans or guides for creating outdoor furniture with a minimum of fasteners? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 8, 2009 - 13 answers

Custom vs Yuppy furniture

I'm thinking about commissioning some custom furniture and don't have a clue how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by bpm140 on Sep 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me make a coffee table?

Where can I learn to build furniture in or near Montgomery Country, Maryland? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Jan 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Handy(wo)man recommendations in Brooklyn?

Can anyone recommend a reliable, affordable handy(wo)man in Brooklyn / NYC? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Dec 8, 2008 - 2 answers

Can you help me build the perfect piece of furniture?

Calling all woodworkers! Can you help a noob build a very unbalanced but sturdy piece of furniture? Googling about joinery has proved fruitless and my woodworking skill is lacking. Feel free to also tell me to give up and recommend custom furniture makers in the Atlanta area! [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Jun 26, 2007 - 21 answers

Goethe had one. I want one, too.

This being a historical antecedent of this, I have a two part question: [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Aug 3, 2006 - 1 answer

How much should I pay for a solid walnut table?

Bourgeois furniture value question(s). [more inside]
posted by iconoclastic flow on Dec 22, 2005 - 6 answers

Furniture kits?

Hi all. Does anyone know of a good place to buy furniture kits? What I mean is unassembled, unfinished furniture, preferably shipped to your door. In particular I am looking for a "breakfast bar" or "kitchen island." Is there a store like this?
posted by bradn on Oct 26, 2005 - 10 answers

Building modern furniture

I am looking for good websites and blogs by people engaged in woodworking projects, particularly those of the modern or contemporary kind. There are many woodworking websites. But I have a hard time finding anything involving modern furniture. Actually may be I should say I am looking for resources on building such furnitures using various materials preferably by folks who do it themselves.
posted by flyby22 on Jun 23, 2005 - 6 answers

DIY Furniture

I'd like to build some furniture without advanced (or possibly any) woodworking skills. Say I wanted to make a basic chaise (seems easy enough) or a Stokke Ekstrem knockoff (harder.) What are some easy ways to put together some just-for-me modern furniture? For example, you can put together some simple stuff with PVC tubing, but it isn't very attractive and isn't that versatile. Are there easier materials/techniques to work with?
posted by callmejay on Feb 9, 2005 - 9 answers

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