Tips You Need to Learn How to Build Furniture the Tools

There was a time when the idea of building my own furniture (or cabinets) intimidated me. I thought it was necessary to have a large workshop filled with all kinds of luxurious, specialized and expensive tools to build furniture.

But it’s been many years. Since then, I have learned that almost everyone can build furniture, and it also does not require a large workshop with special tools. If you only have a few simple power tools, you can build furniture.

So why would you want to build your own furniture? Last week I showed you a closet that I built for our bathroom. This cabinet is quite large (about 43 inches wide, 88.5 inches high and 15.5 inches deep). I painted it white on the outside and dyed a dark Walnut color on the inside.

Of course, I could also have bought a closet for this room. How much would it have cost for a similar cabinet of a similar size? Here are three that I found online:

This first one is Kathy Kuo home from Yael French country China Cabinet. It is slightly larger than mine and measures 91 inches high x 49 inches wide x 19 inches deep. The price of it is with free shipping.

Another similar cabinet is this twentieth-century English brass double-door cabinet from Restoration Hardware. This one measures 440 inches wide x 24 inches deep x 91 inches high. It costs for non-members or for members, plus VAT. for example for Shipping.

And finally, Pottery Barn has this Livingston glass display matter which is very similar, although the lower part has sturdy doors and is considerably shorter than mine. This one measures 48.5 inches wide x 18 inches deep x 73.5 inches high. The cost is plus shipping costs.

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True, if you had to buy everything and you didn’t have anything on hand (for example, doors or the second piece of MDF or plywood), this cost would be higher. But then again, you would still save an incredible total of money if you bought something similar ready-made (or ready-to-assemble).

It’s definitely worth learning how to build your own furniture! And it’s really not that difficult. Once you discover that almost any chest of drawers, sideboard, wardrobe (freestanding and built-in), shelf, book matter, etc. it all starts with the construction of a simple box open on one side, then it becomes very easy with the panels, panels, legs, legs and other details.

Not only will you save a fortune to spend on other things that you really want to spend (or things that you really can’t do yourself), but completing these pieces will also give you a sense of accomplishment and confidence to undertake larger and more complicated projects.

The tools you need to get started:
There are actually few items that a new handyman needs to start building his own furniture.

Air compressor and nail guns
An air compressor and nail guns are essential. I have the Porter Cable Pancake air compressor that comes with three nails. I use my 16 and 18 gauge nail guns all the time. I can’t imagine doing the projects I want to do without.

The 16-gauge nail gun is ideal for attaching objects, while the 18-gauge nail gun is useful for attaching equipment. So I used the 16 gauge nail gun on my bathroom cabinet to peak the main box and attach the face frames, then I used the 18 gauge nail gun to attach all the small panels and cornices on top.

Using the smaller nail gun on the trim reduced the peril of the nails coming off the wood trim and also gave me smaller holes for filling and sanding.

A miter saw is a must for any do-it-yourselfer. I love my DeWalt 12-inch miter saw, but you can do just about anything you need with a 10-inch saw, which usually costs less.

You would be surprised at how much you can do with an air compressor, a nail gun and a miter saw. These are the most important tools that every aspiring do-it-yourselfer should start with.

Kreg Pocket Hole Gauge
A Kreg pocket hole jig is an essential tool, especially for furniture and cabinet construction for those of us who don’t have the large, sophisticated woodworking tool shops that professional furniture makers have. Kreg pocket hole embows allow us, non-professionals, to easily build robust and high-quality furniture.

Drills and drills / screwdriver bits

The last tool you will need is a drill, and to do this you will need a set of drills, as well as Screwdriver Inserts. I have a Ryobi drill with string and I love it. I prefer wired tools because they are more powerful and reliable, but this is just a personal preference. I also have this wireless suit, and I love it and use it a lot.

Optional-Table Saw
And a table saw? I painted for years before I got my own table saw. Fortunately, Lowe’s and Home Depot cut your MDF and plywood to the size you need. And even though they say they power per cut, I’ve never let them calculate for cuts.

Before I saw my own table, I would simply take the measurements I needed and always draw them on a diagram to know which cuts should come from each reality check of plywood (never leave it to them to figure it out for you). Then I left the store with all my pieces already perfectly adapted to the sizes I needed.

However, if you prefer to have your own table saw without spending a fortune, I recommend the DeWalt portable workshop table saw. This is the one I currently have, and although it’s not super light (which is good because a saw that’s too light moves when you push plywood or MDF through it), it’s also pretty easy for me to move it if I need to move it from one place to another. Be aware that you will not be able to push entire 4′ x 8′ reality checks of material through this saw. For this, you really need a large workshop with the large saws, which is why it is often even easier for me to ask Home Depot or Lowe’s to cut the material for me.

In any matter, it’s worth buying a few tools and learning how to build. You can save a fortune and have fun while you’re at it! And think about the sense of accomplishment you get when you can tell visitors, “Oh, that? I built it myself.”