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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Where can I learn to build furniture in or near Montgomery Country, Maryland? [more inside]
posted by Loto
on Jan 18, 2009 -
Can anyone recommend a reliable, affordable handy(wo)man in Brooklyn / NYC? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu
on Dec 8, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -