Before You Hammer: Build Your Building Skills

Furniture building is both an art and a skill, and it requires dexterous fingers as it does a sharp mind. After all, where else can you put together style and comfort, and still wear the skin of your hands out while chiseling, hammering, or pounding away?

Furniture building, therefore, requires some education and practice, and there are many places to learn it. If you are interested in building your own furniture, brushing up on your carpentry and woodworking skills, or simply adding to the education you have already received, then take note of the following places where you can get that Doctorate in Furniture Skills.

? Look at Pictures ? There are numerous magazines out on the market, and all you have to do is choose among a variety of sources detailing the latest in architecture or interior design.

If you are a beginner, take a look at these magazines, so you can have an idea about the latest designs; couple them with a few crafts and DIY (or Do It Yourself) guides so you can have a visual idea about the basics of building and working with raw materials to make furniture. If you can, buy books on basic chemistry or physics, as they relate to paints and motion. This will allow you to mix paints better, and to know what kinds of wood and structures are needed for a particular weight or shape.

If you are an advanced furniture builder, it would be wise to invest in such magazines, as they can keep you up to date on trends, and allow you to shift to a variety of styles according to current tastes.

? Visit your local furniture store ? if you can?t afford to subscribe to or buy magazines or books, then go to the nearest furniture store, so you can get ideas on what furniture you might want to build.

? Invest in real education ? Attend workshops on carpentry, woodworking, upholstery, and even embroidery, especially if you want to make luxurious furniture. These workshops are great places to meet mentors, and to get inspiration for your projects. Inquire at your local college for short courses.

? Practice! ? Start off with small shelves and work your way to cabinets. Buy arts and crafts sets to get your fingers working. Practice your craft by making furniture to give as gifts to friends. You learn best when you apply the basics.

If you want to build those furniture building skills, get started with reading, and end with working. The workshop ? and those potential customers ? are waiting for you.

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