Woodshop or house furniture....... which do you prefer to build?

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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 1792 days ago 1237 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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1792 days ago

Yesterday a lady called and ask if she could come over and talk to me about a piece she wanted me to build. She had seen a piece I built for my wife’s beauty shop while there. Of course I said come on. When she came in she said “my, did you build all this stuff”? She was referring to my shop furniture and accessories. I said yes.
So—we discussed what she wanted (wood, stain, size,etc.,etc.). Can you give me a price, or ballpark figure? I said ok, but it’ll take a few minutes. So while I was doing that, she looked around the shop at all the tools, antiques on the wall,etc. She knew I had built several pieces from my wife, and she looked at my portfolio. Finally she asked”which do you prefer to build, shop or house furniture”? I told her my preference. And I thought- this would be a good forum question for the LJer’s. Which do you like to build better—shop or house furnishings ? Maybe yard furniture? My preference is…..? So, let’s hear from you guys on what you like better. I’m taking a poll after all the answers are posted. And the winner is…...... ? Thanks for posts !!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#1 posted 1792 days ago

My preference is house furnishings.

I build shop furniture so that I build “the other stuff” more efficiently.

-- Joe

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 1792 days ago

I don’t know that I really have a preference. I tend to get wrapped up in whatever project I’m working on at the time

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#3 posted 1792 days ago

My shop is a tool and my furniture is it’s product that fulfills my artist needs.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1792 days ago

It’s somewhat of a toss-up for me, because each satisfies a different part of my brain.

Building things for the shop appeals to my practical side. Making something that will be useful, and make me better organized and more efficient in my future projects is extremely rewarding.

On the other hand, building a piece for inside the house appeals more to my creative side, and the desire to make something that can be admired as a thing of beauty.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 1792 days ago

I like building both (although I’ve built much more of the shop variety). When you account for the fact that I get a nice satisfaction from both and house furniture gives that to others as well it’s a no-brainer: house furniture wins.

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Damian Penney

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#6 posted 1792 days ago

I prefer building pieces for my home although I did enjoy building my workbench.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 1792 days ago

A bit of both really but I tend to enjoy making things for the home.I also loved building my shop and expanding it and working on it changing things over the years.When I decided to build a woodshop I was so excited that I couldn’t think anything but the plans I was working on so making things for the shop also jigs etc is very much a part of the whole thing. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 1792 days ago

Furnishings without a doubt. Favorites to build are tables and cabinets. I also enjoy building shoji and small boxes as well.

-- &

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#9 posted 1792 days ago

House furnishings.
Most of the stuff in my shop is recycled, reused, or in need of repair.

-- Mark,

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Dan Lyke

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#10 posted 1792 days ago

The thing I like about shop stuff, or garden stuff, is that generally the finishing is easier. That’s the part of the project hate.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#11 posted 1792 days ago

I’m new to this… so I practice on my shop things to get a feel for tools and methods. Then, as I get comfortable, I attempt a nice project item but end up converting expensive wood to sawdust and firewood. Joking somewhat… but for me it is better to make my mistakes on the shop stuff.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 1792 days ago

Sounds like right now it’s kind of a toss-up between the two !

Ok guys, bring it on. I know there are more out there than 11- 12 who like to do one or the other , or both.

I gotta have more than this to get a good read on it, let’s hear from you !!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#13 posted 1792 days ago

House Furishings is my main building goal, but other items such as Double Trees for horse drawn wagons and Ox Carts are just as much fun to me. I guess as long as I am in my shop making sawdust, what I build is just the by-product of my enjoyment.

-- Guy Kroll

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#14 posted 1792 days ago

I would have to say both, actually all three- shop, house and yard. And no particular order. Right now it’s my grand kids furniture though.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#15 posted 1792 days ago

ive made quite a bit of furnishings and it fills a ceratin need and i like it to a point…but i think i like making toys…right now im making a small train set…and embelsing it some with my inner kid desires…..i think if i could apply for the santa job…i would….....more joy in a childs smile then someone who wants a coffee table.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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