Wood is the most versatile, renewable and sustainable resource on the planet which is why wood is also the most commonly used material in the creation of furniture. This beautiful wood in it’s natural state otherwise would be wasted, but we think it is incredibly special and makes for spectacular pieces to be enjoyed. Depending on the wood species, if you don’t seal the ends you could easily lose several inches off the ends, or possibly have it check along the entire length of the board. The wood is hand peeled and sanded, the machining gives a medium uniformity on the tennons while allowing precise fit.
Before we begin its only fair to note that manufactured wood has its place and in some ways and applications is it superior to natural wood. One of the most popular fibre boards is MDF- constructed of medium density fibres that are known for their strength and durability and lend themselves ideally to furniture products. It is better to have a nut and bolt in case the rail loosens up over time, it can be easily tightened whereas with a lag bolt it is too easy to strip out and then you have a problem. My 2×4 outdoor sofa (plans here) and the one arm sectional piece (plans here) have been holding up well!
They teamed up with video production students to create a short film to post on the crowdfunding site, IndieGoGo, where they raised nearly $3,700 in two months to pay for supplies. As I continued to work with the Kwila, my focus shifted to showcasing the wonderful color and prismatic qualities of this wood. Mango wood has unique Tigard” stripes and multitudes of grain and color variations.
Honestly, if I was still in North America there is a good chance I’d be buying my furniture second hand because that would probably be as cheap or cheaper as making it. However, when you build your own furniture you can (sometimes) get a better finished product and you always get a customized piece of furniture. People should never use their hands to guide a saw and should instead use an extra piece of thin wood to guide the blade. I think Argosy are the most pro looking and most beatiful furnitures you can buy for a good money.
Oak wood is somewhat porous along the surface, and stains and finishes pool into the pores leaving darker marks that appeal to furniture collectors. Dispose of any remaining cleaner as well as any cloths with cleaner on them using appropriate methods. For live commentary from me durning the premiere I will be tweeting from @AnaWhiteDIY using hashtag #tinyhousebigliving so please do follow now!
After air drying this long, your moisture is likely between 16 – 12% MC. In the wintertime, furniture will reach 6% MC. So, you are looking at a 6%-10% MC change, which with oak is about 2 to 3% shrinkage. Although I try to keep the scraps to a minimum, sometimes, due to the shape of the log, I wind up with some nice straight slabs that are too good to go into the wood stove. Flat pieces of wood can be made from trees by cutting logs in two different directions.
Cedar and redwood, like teak, are seen in outdoor furniture applications, as they are resistant to rotting when exposed to sun and moisture. While I haven’t found this method of building to be cheaper than using just wood, it is an easy way to build many different types of furniture (and the pipes can always be reassembled as something else in the future.) Here are a few examples of wood-and-pipe projects. Probably the single distinguishing characteristic among rustic furniture makers is the difference in the scale of designs and the proportion of woods each uses.