David Day and Albert Jackson

There is little doubt that making your own furniture can be a rewarding experience Seeing a finished piece in its correct place in your home and knowing that it is 'all your own work' is a real pleasure. But there is one important proviso. It has to look good Most of us have seen pieces of furniture, usually designed with the home maker in mind, which lack all grace and delight and which, however well constructed, have that tell-tale amateur look We have tried to put together a range of furniture which has that touch of class which lifts it above the commonplace. and which is nevertheless within the range of the home furniture maker

Most of the designs in this book are intended for someone who has done a few DIY jobs already and has collected some hand tools on the way. The projects also require an electric power drill, some of the attachments for it. and theoc casional specialised tool like a sash cramp which you can hire over the weekend rather than buying it But if you are a complete beginner, don't despair. The projects progress from the very simpfe to the more demanding, and the first few projects, for example Alf Martensson's wall storage range and bunk beds, are well within the capabilities of a beginner. If you make something like this to gain experience, there is no reason why you shouldn't move on to something more intricate, like the elm dining table and chairs.

All the furniture in this book has been designed by professional furniture designers, who have provided detailed step-by-step making instructions for each of the projects, together with tips and ideas which they have picked up from years of making furniture by hand. In addition, Nick Frewing's section Timber, Tools and Techniques' gives you all the background information you need on skills such as sawing, drilling, joint making and so on, which are common to all the projects. From all this, you can see that we have tried to make the book comprehensive and if there is one message we want to leave with you loud and clear it is: You do not need to have seen the television programmes to make the furniture.

The book is complete in itself, and it is not essential to have watched us putting the furniture together on television.

One of the things the television programmes did emphasise was the large number of variations available from one design In the colour photographs and in the instructions, we are forced to go for one set of options, but you can vary the type of timber, fabric, paint colour, choice of laminate and so on. to suit your particular requirements A good example of this is Brian Davey s dining table, originally built in solid elm with a cork top. but easily varied to a solid teak

Albert Jackson Woodworking

Albert Jackson

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undername with aleak veneered board on the top, orioa pine kitchen table with a white plastic laminate top

In some of the designs, it is possible not only to vary the finish, but to make small structural alterations so that the piece of furniture has a totally new purpose Thus the boxes in Alf Martensson's wall storage range can easily be modified to record storage cabinets, bathroom cabinets and toy cupboards, whilst two of Bill Brooker's elegant stationery cabinets can be brought together to make a desk

Some of our furniture can be made from materials readily available from your local DIY stores, but some of it requires hardwoods or fabrics which are available only from specialist suppliers The exact material suggested by our designers may not be obtainable in some parts of the country, in which case have a chat with your supplier and substitute another material of similar quality It's worth keeping an eye on the craft and DIY magazines, as specialist firms supplying by mail order usually advertise in them

You will notice that ail the dimensions given in this book are metric. Although most of us stilt think in Imperial measure, the move to metric is inevitable and the timber trade has sold wood in metric sizes since 1970. The change-over is not yet complete, however, and certain items, for example woodbits, screws and nails, are still sold in Imperial sizes and are given as such in the parts lists Whatever you do. don't attempt to convert the metric dimensions in our projects back to Imperial The conversion is never exact and if you try it. you will end up with some very nasty fitting problems

The cost of materials varies considerably both nation-wide and locally, and shopping around usually pays dividends. Making your own furniture can never be cheap, but if you compare the cost of any of the projects in this book with an item of similar quality in your local store, you will see that you are saving quite a lot Another way of keeping costs down is to buy old furniture, which looks superb when renovated We spent some time in the television series renovating an old dining table and 3 set of chairs, and the process is described in this book

Making your own furniture can become a life long hobby. You start by making one or two things that are absolutely vital for the house, then you make something just for fun and after that you are hooked. We've been hooked for years and as you turn the pages of this book, we hope that you will find something that attracts you and that you will join us in the pleasure of making furniture that is really your own.

How To Sell Furniture

How To Sell Furniture

Types Of Furniture To Sell. There are many types of products you can sell. You just need to determine who your target market is and what specific item they want. Or you could sell a couple different ones in a package deal.

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