Furniture Making

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  • Tightening Loose Tenons

    If you’ve got a shop, it’s a certainty that people are going to ask you to do furniture repairs. It comes with the territory. The next time a piece comes into your shop that has round tenons, and they’re loose tenons, you’re going to want to try this repair. It provides an easy way to… Read more »

  • Mitered Edge Banding Made Easy

    Applying hardwood edge banding is a great way to finish the edges on a veneered piece. However, it can be difficult to get nice miter joints because the length of the edge banding pieces must be perfect and every angle must also be perfect. Here is a very easy way to get absolutely perfect miters…. Read more »

  • How to Apply Mitered Edge Banding

    Mitering the corners on banding that’s being applied to all four edges of a table top can be extremely frustrating. The length of each piece has to be perfect, and each angle needs to be just right. This process calls for a methodical approach, and Charlie Kocourek has that technique nailed down. Follow his recipe,… Read more »

  • Setting up a Table Saw Taper Jig Properly

    A taper jig is an effective tool to use in your shop to create perfect and consistent tapers on projects such as table legs that require a precise angle to achieve the look that you are going for. Setting up a taper jig, on the other hand, can be a frustrating experience. They often have… Read more »

  • Hammock Frame

    A good book, a tall glass of iced tea, and the gentle swaying motion of a shady hammock on the patio, next to the pool, or out in the yard. Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it? With a few basic tools and some inexpensive materials, any woodworker with a free weekend can create a place to… Read more »

  • Build a Live Edge Table: Part 3

    This is Part 3 in our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll flatten the slab, apply finish, and install our legs. The legs we chose are steel hairpin legs, which really complement the design. Flattening We’re working with a maple burl, which means the grain is going in many… Read more »

  • Build a Live Edge Table: Part 2

    This is Part 2 of our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll look at bookmatching our pieces, design considerations when working with slabs, and getting the slabs joined using steel pins. Beauty in the eye…. There’s no one right way to put projects like this together. Be ready to… Read more »

  • Build a Live Edge Table: Part 1

    Live edge projects (also called natural edge) can be absolutely stunning. The slabs are typically not square or rectangular, so working with them can be a little tricky. In this three-part project series we’ll take you through the steps we followed to make a gorgeous live edge table. Material A variety of species and looks… Read more »

  • Furniture Leg Repair – How to Fix a Broken Leg

    Once people know that you do woodworking, they probably ask you if you can fix broken furniture, like a furniture leg repair that recently came into George’s shop. While every repair is different, here are some tips that will help you the next time a repair comes into your shop. Them’s the breaks Your first… Read more »

  • Essentials of Good Design Part 3: Steps in Making Furniture

    If you are following along in our design series, you know that we’ve covered some fundamentals of design, as well as some specific details on the wood furniture design process. Now we take our designs into the shop and talk about some fundamentals of making furniture as Willie Willette of Willie Willette Works shares some… Read more »