Making something that will last forever
Why do woodworkers take the time to build their own furniture? I catch myself asking that question from time to time. One trip to the store or a brief visit to the local news usually answers that question for me. In today’s economy people want and need value. Value in a bad or tough economy usually takes the form of quality.
Building something yourself allows you to build in that quality and make an item that will last several lifetimes. It is starting to catch on. Because we are in a global economy, people understand that most businesses have changed the way they do business. Buying products made overseas and outsourcing jobs is what they must do to stay in business. However if you don’t like the offerings at your local furniture store, the craftsman has a different option. Build it yourself and make something that can be handed down from generation to generation.
Time Verses Quality
Obviously there is more time involved in making your own items. If your shop is already set up, you have a huge head start. Having all the tools you need and being organized is half the battle. If you are willing to trade your time in for quality, you can add a lot of value to your home. This is key; putting a value on your time is different for everyone.
What I want, verses what they offer
Another good argument to making your own items is the wysiwyg factor. (what you see is what you get) When you design and make your own furniture, you can customize any way that you want. Most furniture makers choose colors and styles that have general appeal. Making your own designs allows you to build in any style or color that matches your homes décor.
Cost verses convenience
For some people the bottom line is cost. For others the bottom line is quality and cost is secondary. Most craftsmen are willing to spend the extra cash to buy the better wood and products for their project. If you are making the product in the first place, you might as well do the best you can and use the best products. You should think about handing the item down from generation to generation. Someday your grandkids are going to brag to their children about the item you built that someday is going to be theirs. You really cannot put a value on that.
-- Ken, Florida, www.theroutermaniac.com