Anyone build their own furniture?

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  1. Seal

    Seal Supporting Member

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    I want to build a TV console (something basic with angle iron and wood) as well as a coffee table - The design/material for the latter may be different.

    I wanted to know if anyone of you have built your own furniture - either these items or different- and if you have any design resources. I have an idea of what I could do but having not built furniture in the past I’m not familiar with a lot of the possible configurations.

    The tv console would be 3 tiers of shelving and be about 2’ tall, 18” deep ( maybe more) and 65” wide.

    The coffee table is likely want some basic drawers.
     
  2. freddyfeebleman

    freddyfeebleman Supporting Member

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    I once had a very similar idea. Now after spending about $6000 on my wood shop, and apprenticing with a pro, I have become a woodworker. For design ideas use Google images. Good luck.
     
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    shaker furniture is pretty cool. also, scandinavia knows a thing or three.
     
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  4. DirtLover

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    I dabble and am getting ready to build a bench for my yard. I do weld a bit and built a welding cart/table/saw stand and just finished a rolling ski rack that holds all of our skis/poles and I can move it around the garage - no wall space fora hanging rack. This is a welded lower frame of angle iron with wheels and a plywood box with dividers holding the skis vertical. I find that I tend to make things too tall...

    For resources go to YouTube. There are great tutorials and build videos for all kinds of stuff. I'm going for something like this:
     
  5. mikebat

    mikebat Member

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    I wish I did. My dad has made a few pieces.

    My dream is a mission style chair with brown natural leather cushions. I once saw an article about Billy Crystal's private home office...he had one....it has become an obsession ever since.
     
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  6. Old Possum

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    I've made a lot of it, but over the years wood has gone up so much. these days I want things small and easy to move. if not for my lady, I'd just put the TV on a 4x12 cab and call it a day.
     
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  7. DYNA BILL

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    I built this out of an old dresser.

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  8. Frater B

    Frater B Silver Supporting Member

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    Built a lot of furniture. If this is a DIY, I can see using some iron for the legs and support and maybe those pine slabs home depot sells. You could cut different shapes for the different tiers. All you'd really need is a jig saw and drill. The coffee table is more involved because of the drawers. If you have a Woodcraft store near you they have lots of books you can look through to get ideas and of course youtube and google.
     
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  9. PLX

    PLX MENSA member, Astronaut, Dated Your Mom Once Gold Supporting Member

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    I built workbenches for my shop, and an office desk in a previous home.

    Nothin' fancy.
     
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  10. aussie_owner

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    I built the coffee table in my living room in my HS shop class my senior year (1976). Needs a refinish, and it's been glued back together a couple times, but still hanging in there. Nothing fancy like drawers, just your basic slab of walnut with legs.
     
  11. GuiltySpark

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    Certainly not fancy, but I'll be knocking this out sometime this summer so my boys have a bed that better fits their room and their propensity to destroy weakly made things.

     
  12. Seal

    Seal Supporting Member

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    I’d be welding it together.

    The boards would fit inside the frame. Was thinking of maybe putting in a few threaded inserts on the underside of the wood that would be secured through some flat bar supports.
     
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  13. sunkidd

    sunkidd Silver Supporting Member

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    Certainly Have!

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    sunkidd Silver Supporting Member

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    Good one Bill......:spit
     
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  15. twinrider1

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    I have decades of experience......in watching woodworking and home shows.

    Wood inside a welded frame.....so maybe 1" square tube? Something like in this video....



    This guy is great. Lots to learn.

    And remember, a grinder and paint make you the welder you ain't!
     
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    I brought this up once before but if I could have my time over again, I’d try to not buy any furniture.

    I’d buy amps, quad boxes etc and use them for seating and table tops.

    A 1960B face down makes a functional coffee table - face up under a Joe B-style ballistic screen on top makes it “art”. I’m sure there’s other applications.

    Unlike most furniture which inevitably ends up on the curb for hard waste collection, my alternative is a far better investment.
     
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