When it comes to amateur furniture design, one may be intimidated or put off by the idea of taking a piece of wood and making something you more or less place your life into. However intimidating this may seem a few articles or books on furniture design can be all you need to get started and of course with experience comes confidence; before long you may be making cupboards and trunks for your home elegantly without even mentioning the satisfaction one gets from transforming materials into real life practical household items. We’re going to get you started on your quest so that eventually furniture design jobs are open to all the creative expression you can muster.
A Wooden Box
The first step that most furniture design courses begin with is a simple box; it’s a perfect launching pad since it’s more about getting used to working with wood than it is about building some opulent bed or dining room table. Boxes are great for testing out new joint techniques which can be used in all manner of furniture; getting a hold of design software can reveal all manner of what is known as joinery techniques such as finger joints and lock miters for example. Also making a box doesn’t require the commitment of time that bigger projects in furniture design would, so they’re good for hobbyists.
An important lesson learnt from making boxes is that the key to building long lasting furniture lies in the joints so if you’re aiming to be a master, then you should ironically stick to boxes until you’ve fully fleshed out all manner of joints. One of the best ways to consistently deliver on the joints is by using wood shop jigs which are simply templates used to guide a woodworker’s tools. One could spend an entire article alone on joinery techniques but there is a lot of competition in topics when it comes to furniture design.
For new hobbyists learning new techniques is going to work much like rolling a boulder down a hill would; laborious at first but as the momentum takes hold you won’t be able to stop yourself from learning new things. One useful tip for new-comers should also be taken as a warning not to be too hard on yourself; you will never fully comprehend how well you’ve completed a step in your building until you are halfway through the next step. Understand that great furniture design begins with basic joinery techniques and simple projects like boxes; with this in mind anyone can get a great basic start.
Eugene Calvini is a writer well versed in the techniques needed to build contemporary furniture; he enjoys sharing some crafty advice with the internet.