Ben Hobbs has been building period reproduction furniture for nearly 30 years. After teaching high school math for 10 years, Ben's passion for early American furniture and architecture drew him into the shop in 1982. Since then, Ben has operated as a bespoke custom furniture maker reproducing fine early American pieces, focusing on Southern and local NC examples. After training all three of his sons to be accomplished furniture makers, Ben opened his shop doors in 1996 to train students in his woodworking school.
Craft projects that don’t require you to go out to the craft store and purchase a lot of supplies can be difficult to find, which puts a crimp in crafting plans when you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Although most of these projects do require you have materials on hand, most are things the average person has around the house (scraps from previous projects, old clothing, salt, soda bottles) or are things you can easily obtain for free (leaves, rocks, twigs, shells).
Steve Brown CF '90, Instructor in the Cabinet & Furniture Making program, recently published a great how-to article in Fine Woodworking. The classic cabriole leg is a solid design choice for period furniture makers, but even with just that leg style, choosing from a variety of foot styles to go with it can be daunting. Steve helps clarify the process with step-by-step instructions for laying out and carving three common feet for the cabriole leg: the pad, slipper, and trifid foot.
Course Entry Points: There is great value in moving through our series of courses with a cohesive cohort of peers and our goal is to support this by having published start dates for each session. However, because the nature of the instruction is so individualized, MSF may make allowances for students who wish to enter mid-session. For example, If a student wants to enter in week 3 of the 12-week session, we may allow their enrollment contingent on their willingness to work outside of structured class hours and receive individual tutoring.
We have a small dining room area in our farmhouse that is separate from the living room and kitchen. The area is much smaller in space than our last house. I was little confused that our typical rectangular farmhouse table was not going to cut it. So, I walked in I came to know that we needed to build a round dining table. So, I searched for a plan design idea and build a very own round farmhouse dining table. I was an amazing DIY plan, I just love it!
Looking for a great gift for a friend or family member or maybe a Christmas gift? Recommended woodwork projects include a turned wood box with a lid or how to make a jewlery box. New to woodworking? Great! Check out these simple beginner’s woodworking projects. No matter the DIY woodworking project you can find your next gift idea in the wood craft videos listed below.
TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hacker-space and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.
Finding a toolbox for a mechanic, for his hand tools, is not a big challenge at all - there are dozens of the tool boxes available on the market, from huge roll-around shop cases to small metal boxes. Plumbers, electricians, and farmers are well served, too, with everything from pickup-truck storage to toolboxes and belts. But, if you are a shop-bound woodworker then the case changes. You get to need a tool box that suits the range and variety of hand tools that most woodworkers like to have. For those who deny making do with second best, there's only one solution, you’ve to build a wooden toolbox that should be designed expressly for a woodworking shop.
Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.
Turning: Turning is an art in and of itself. In these classes, students are mentored in how to choose and work with the perfect wood to get the perfect turning result. We teach wet and dry wood work, specialty tool use such as lathes and skew chisels, and how to make custom tools for specific projects. Techniques for spindle-work, hollow-end grain work, faceplate turning, and milling will be covered. We address special joinery considerations and precision fitting parts.
Traditionally furniture makers learned their craft working as an apprentice in the Master Craftsman's shop. We’re offering this course as a second step in a furniture making apprenticeship, building on woodworking skills by deepening your understanding of design, expanding your range of joinery and decorative techniques to build well designed and robust furniture.
All About Wood: What are the different characteristics of wood – how does each move, shrink, expand, respond – and how does one allow for all of this in design and building? How do different woods respond to tooling and machinery? What are practical considerations in selecting woods for different types of furniture – along with aesthetic considerations, finishing characteristics, issues with availability, cost, purchase sources, and environmental considerations?
Industrial design degrees are similar to furniture design degrees. However, students working toward earning industrial design degrees don’t usually focus just on furniture. Instead, they focus on designing and building a number of different consumer products. Some of the areas that industrial design instructors might touch on may include toy design, automobile design, and product design.
Let’s take it up a notch and start building something more serious. This project may take more than just a few hours to complete, but the final item would be worth it as you can see in the image. It is a beautiful entryway table with drawers made entirely from scrap pallet wood. You can make one yourself by following the instructions from the picture.
6.Change your lightbulbs. Nothing is more frustrating than light bulbs burning out, especially because replacing them is one of those things you put on the to-do list and immediately forget about. Take the time to replace all of those lights for a brighter, happier space. In your bedroom or den, try opting for lower wattage lights (between 20- and 50-watts) to create a cozier and more romantic ambience. Here is a great guide to lighting your home.
The Nine-month Comprehensive is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. The hands-on, project-oriented format includes the full range of furniture making skills. Sequential projects take students from the fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship.
Hanging planters are a big hit nowadays so don't let this opportunity of building your own DIY hanging planter pass! Learn the step-by-step instructions how to work a jigsaw and make this stunning planter to hang in your home to complement your furniture. You can hang it above your coffee table or put in flowers as a Valentine’s Day or Mother's Day gift for your loved one.
Easy woodworking projects are a great way to test your DIY skill level. It's always such an accomplishment when you complete a DIY project you spent time and effort on. DIY woodworking projects can also be intimidating at first especially with all the hand tools you must use. Once you have all you need, however, from tools to a step-by-step guide, you can start making the designs more efficiently. If you're new to woodworking, continue reading below and find easy woodworking projects suited for any beginner.
Cut six strips of fabric from one towel. Two, measuring 33⁄4"W x 141⁄4"L each, will serve as the decorative horizontal bands at the top of the tote and should incorporate the towel’s graphics (as shown, left). The other four, measuring 31⁄2"W x 8"L, will form tabs for the bag’s handles. Turn under the long sides of each strip and press a 1⁄4" hem.
Nightstands are nearly almost as important as the headboard of a mattress when it comes to a bedroom. They are absolutely perfect for placing lamps and novels for that late night reading, an alarm clock to remind you when it should be time to start your day, and for that nice, coaxing mug of sleepy time tea when you decide it is time to start winding down.
Great instruction — Lonnie is a master woodworker and a master teacher as well as a published author, known for his many woodworking books and articles. Lonnie has been woodworking for more than thirty-five years and teaching for over twenty-five. In other words, Lonnie has a background of woodworking skills to teach from. He’s not simply a magazine editor or tool salesman that works wood occasionally and teaches a few days each year; he has made woodworking and teaching woodworking his full-time passion (take a look at Lonnie’s work).
Prerequisites: Each level (Basic, Intermediate, and Master-Level) is a prerequisite for the next. However, students entering our Professional Training series can submit to a Skills Assessment by one of MSF’s instructors to determine if they may enter into the program and receive more advanced instruction without first satisfying previous training requirements.
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