Furniture Repair in your Home
Really interesting article and comments. I come at this from a different angle these days. Although I started my woodworking career with only one power tool (a 1/4" drill), I made reproduction colonial furniture with old pine and refinished furniture (pretty much all by hand).
Over the years I became a custom furniture maker and started getting a following. As the economy changed I had to change with it to make a living. I got into the kitchen industry and was impressed with the efficiency of the 32mm system and realized that to compete in this world one would have to embrace some of that technology just to stay competitive. Smallbone Kitchens from England became the high end around here and it was a clever blend of efficiency and attractive detailing.
Ultimately I ended up doing "furniture repair in your home" which I have now been doing for over 20 years. This profession has allowed my to continue to work by hand to repair some fine pieces. However, the thing I struggle with mostly is the new materials that are used for furniture. I marvel at veneer that is often thinner than the finish on top of it; the flatness of MDF; how manufacturers can make beautiful furniture for Americans that have the look but no structural integrity. Plywood, staples, knotty pine for structural members, threaded inserts for fastenings, softwood drawer slides for children's furniture, chairs assembled with screws, etc.
I know this is not the realm of Fine Woodworking but I feel the market for fine craftsmanship is dwindling for us here in America because we have not protected the standards of how and where furniture is made. I don't mean this to be political but I hope that our young people will have the opportunity to discover the satisfaction of our world made by hand.
Really a fun video. Thanks for your effort. Really enjoyed both videos.
Here, here! on those little Bosch Drills. I've got the impactor, drill, the right angle driver, and 4 or 5 spare batteries. I like the brand and batteries so much that I recently bought the Multi-Max 12V. Bought it fora specific job and since then have used in regularly. Great control and a very versatile tool for make fine accurate cuts in difficult locations.
Only down side is that the batteries really don't like the cold. I've got 4 12 volt units with bags that I have to take out of the van every night or they'll be dead.
As the saying goes, "imitation is the highest form of flattery." I doubt we can find too many craftsman in any medium who do not have a pile of magazines/books related to their craft. What are these resources for? Sometimes copying an item helps improve our craft and along the way we may discover something to improve upon.
It depends on the kind of person you are. Some love the work and some love the money. If you don't want to be copied, don't put your work out there for all to see.
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