Beginners’ Tips for Building Your Own Furniture

Mans hand on sanding block on pine wood

6. Don’t Forget to Sand

Sanding is an essential part of carpentry, mostly when making doors, cabinets and tables. For your furniture to have that professional touch, you have to sand. Charles Ebert, the chief of EduBirdies says: “This activity is tiresome, but all the sawdust in your hair will be worth it in the end.”
Sand the wood before making the furniture to avoid splinters.

7. Get a Partner

Danny Lipford with daughter, Chelsea, applying chalk and crackle finishes to furniture.

If you know someone passionate about carpentry, you can invite him over to work on a project. Having a partner will make work easier and more effective; you will also finish projects earlier. Woodworking is more fun when you have an extra pair of hands to help you lift and make accurate measurements, and you get to have company. You will even get to learn from, and maybe help, your partner with their projects.

Making furniture might take longer than you might have envisioned, so don’t get discouraged and rush things. You might decide to skip some steps to finish your project earlier, but you will end up with a cheap version of your blueprint.

Patience will help you to take each step seriously, and you will be surprised when you end up with a great finished product with all the pieces in the correct locations.

What tips do you have for making tables? Share them with us.

Alex Green is a freelance writer who is passionate about woodworking. When he is not writing, you will find him reading about emerging trends in the carpentry sector.


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