Before You Hammer: Build Your Building Skills
Furniture building is both an art and a skill, and it requires dexterous
fingers as it does a sharp mind. After all, where else can you put
together style and comfort, and still wear the skin of your hands out
while chiseling, hammering, or pounding away?
Furniture building, therefore, requires some education and practice, and
there are many places to learn it. If you are interested in building your
own furniture, brushing up on your carpentry and woodworking skills, or
simply adding to the education you have already received, then take note
of the following places where you can get that Doctorate in Furniture
• Look at Pictures – There are numerous magazines out on the market,
and all you have to do is choose among a variety of sources detailing the
latest in architecture or interior design.
If you are a beginner, take a look at these magazines, so you can have an
idea about the latest designs; couple them with a few crafts and DIY (or
Do It Yourself) guides so you can have a visual idea about the basics of
building and working with raw materials to make furniture. If you can,
buy books on basic chemistry or physics, as they relate to paints and
motion. This will allow you to mix paints better, and to know what kinds
of wood and structures are needed for a particular weight or shape.
If you are an advanced furniture builder, it would be wise to invest in
such magazines, as they can keep you up to date on trends, and allow you
to shift to a variety of styles according to current tastes.
• Visit your local furniture store – if you can’t afford to subscribe
to or buy magazines or books, then go to the nearest furniture store, so
you can get ideas on what furniture you might want to build.
• Invest in real education – Attend workshops on carpentry,
woodworking, upholstery, and even embroidery, especially if you want to
make luxurious furniture. These workshops are great places to meet
mentors, and to get inspiration for your projects. Inquire at your local
college for short courses.
• Practice! – Start off with small shelves and work your way to
cabinets. Buy arts and crafts sets to get your fingers working. Practice
your craft by making furniture to give as gifts to friends. You learn
best when you apply the basics.
If you want to build those furniture building skills, get started with
reading, and end with working. The workshop – and those potential
customers – are waiting for you.