Saturday, August 27, 2011

DIY Fine Furniture

Tools you'll need:
  • At least six bevel edge chisels of varying width
    • One very thin and one quite wide
  • At least three hand planes of varying length
    • One very short and one moderately long
  • Any number of saws varying in size, type, style, and function depending on the scale and type of your work
  • Perhaps a lathe and some turning tools
  • Maybe some carving tools
  • An array of marking and measuring tools of your choice
  • Recent edition of the unified rule book of woodworking and cabinetry
  • Maybe a mortise chisel? Depends
  • Definitely a mallet
  • Something to sharpen your tools with
  • Something to cut edge profiles with - if your work calls for edge decor
  • Maybe some spokeshaves or a drawknife
    • Probably both or neither
  • Steady work surface
    • Preferably made of solid lumber in a manner outlined in the rule book
      • At least attach a vise to it
  • A router
    • Bits - to be chosen by user 
      • Flush trim bit
      • Only half inch shanks
  • Hammer
  • Festool Domino
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Hex wrenches 
  • Probably a decent socket set
  • Twenty more clamps of varying length and type
  • Music varying in volume and style depending on your work
Nice to haves: 
  • Tablesaw
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Complete line of Festool products
  • Dust Collector 
  • Miter Gauge 
  • Miter Saw
  • Air Compressor
  • Random Orbit Sanders
    • Wide Belt Sander 
  • Card Scrapers
  • CNC router
  • Years and years of diverse experience
  • Line Bore
  • Hinge Bore
  • Air tight container
  • Something to finish with
    • HVLP or rags or both
      • Lacquer is easy
  • Sandpaper 
    • Frequency of use varies with dedication to living a pre-industrial lifestyle
  • Some type of adhesive 
  • Screws and nails varying in length and type
  • Hardware per project
  • Slowly grown timber properly air dried and split, varying in thickness and specie
  • A good attitude 
  • Rags
Step #1: Design a piece of furniture

Step #2: Buy Materials and Hardware

Step #3: Allow lumber to acclimate

Step #4: Surface and dimension materials

Step #5: Joinery

Step #6: Assembly

Step #7: Apply Finish

And now you have a cool piece of fine furniture that will last for generations.

If you make a mistake or can't understand a diagram, there is an unofficial subsidiary to the rule book online.  Feel free to create an account and start asking questions, you will get a lot of answers.