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a fine finishing primer

What is the finest finish for my furniture? I hear this question a lot. My stock answer: it depends on what you want. What will you be using the piece for? How much use/traffic will it get? What kind of … Continue reading

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handmade furniture design – from concept to finish

first step – the idea for handmade furniture design Conceiving a piece of furniture is kind of like magic; but not quite. The process is real enough, though how the ideas take shape is a mystery. It starts somewhere – … Continue reading

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solid wood and plywood – design choices, lesson 2

using wood Remember from Lesson 1 that wood moves. Because of its cellular structure, wood is constantly ‘out of balance’ with its environment. When the air is humid, anything made of wood is absorbing moisture and swelling as it does. … Continue reading

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wood for not-woodworkers: part 1/4

understanding wood   As a material, wood is all around us; we see it everyday.   It’s all too easy to look at it without ‘seeing’ it though, giving new meaning to the old saw about the forest and the … Continue reading

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woodworking course for designers – Intro

pd woodworking course furniture 101   Ideally, furniture and cabinet design should go hand in glove with fabrication. It doesn’t always work that way in the real world. With malice toward none, on one side are designers and on the … Continue reading

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What are design details anyway? A lot has been written about details in furniture, architecture and interior design, but like other words (my last blog), this one’s meaning has become a little fuzzy.   example: are these joinery details? Or … Continue reading

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custom or one-of-a-kind?

Custom or one-of-a-kind or one-off or handcrafted are terms that get bandied about a lot nowadays. They’re so overused that their meanings, well, just aren’t very meaningful anymore. It used to be that ‘custom’ was a derivative of ‘customized’ and … Continue reading

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tailor-made fit in a home office desk

What’s so special about custom or tailor-made? Simply put, fitting a design to a client’s special functional, spatial and aesthetic parameters all accomplished by way of an open collaborative exchange between the homeowners, the interior designer – Karen Topjian of … Continue reading

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getting there by ‘custom made design’

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I make furniture and cabinets from scratch. So what does that mean exactly? The design process is every bit as ‘custom’ as the building and it’s a phase I’d like to call custom made design. I don’t start with a … Continue reading

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completion of a custom cabinet project

I’ve spoken here before about a certain psychological as well as physical let-down that sets in upon the completion of a custom project that’s been months in the making. What I haven’t touched upon is the transition that occurs between … Continue reading

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