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Forum topic by KenBry posted 01-23-2012 10:52 PM 1173 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2012 10:52 PM

One of the big things I am planning is building several pieces of furnature for my home. I have been working on End Tables and am working my way up. Well I went to the Local furnature stores for insperation and ideas. I walked out thinking, Man what CRAP!

I was impressed by some items in some stores but over all, not so much.

I did go into a couple high end stores in Scottsdale and say a nice Maloof inspired chair and table. However the sales person was an idiot and I was out of the store pretty quick because I was tired of this moron shadowing me around.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 11:38 PM

Save your gas. What’s it….50 miles from Surprise to Fashion Square?
Look through the projects here. There is some wonderful furniture made by the forum members.
I agree about finding mostly crap in most furniture stores. I mean, even Ikea :-).
But, you can get some design ideas from the stores. Just not materials and joinery inspiration.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 11:50 PM

It’s only 30 Miles or so, wife likes Fashion square so we go there allot. I went to Ladlows, they had a couple Slab coffee tables. Made from Maple, I looked at it and one had a “decorative” split. Well there was nothing to keep the split from continuing and seperating that slab into 2 slabs. It was a shame too nice piece, they wanted 3600 for it. YIKES!

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#3 posted 01-24-2012 12:09 AM

Much of my “private” woodworking is inspried by FWW magazine. You’ll never learn anything looking at furniture built in a factory.

IKEA is the final nail in the coffin that contains fine, custom, wood furniture!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 12:30 AM

IKEA is a four letter word.

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#5 posted 01-24-2012 12:33 AM

Geeze, Ken. You’d think for $3600 they’d have put in a butterfly or two.
Around 99th and Bell, there are a couple stores on the north side of Bell that sell estates. Close to Sun City, ya know. We bought several pieces there to help our son furnish his first house. We found an expanding round solid oak pedestal table there that will seat 8. Only paid $75.00. We kept that one!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 01-24-2012 01:17 AM

Do they have antique dealers in your area?

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#7 posted 01-24-2012 02:06 AM

I go to thrift stores all the time. You wouldn’t believe the stuff people donate to charity. Most of it is junk, but I see really nice stuff sometimes. You can get lots of ideas. The only problem alot of it is too cheap to pass up. I built most of my work shop out of used furniture and none of the pieces were more than $30.

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#8 posted 01-24-2012 02:29 AM

As far as funiture stores go, not a good place for design inspiration in my opinion.


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#9 posted 01-24-2012 02:56 AM

Oh I cruze the antique shops too. And that Store on 99th and Bell, been there too. But last weekend it was just the furnature stores to see what “todays” styles where. At least I stayed out of Ashley and Mor (snicker) Gene, I would love to get my hands on a similar table that you scored.

As for good deals, My garage cabenets are all out of Habitat For Humanity stores. :)

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#10 posted 01-24-2012 03:24 AM

I can’t stomach “today’s furniture styles”. Even in some of the finer furniture stores here in my town, the style is CRAP.

My son worked for a couple of years during high school for a furniture store.
When his boss found out I done woodwork, she told him to ask me to stop by and look at something for her. Her duaghter was doing some kind of craft project and spilled acetone on a $3000 table and she wanted to know if I could fix it. I began to explain what it would take for me to strip it all the way down (the damage was BAD) and put completely refinish it. Then I began to explain that I’d have to redo the chairs to if she wanted them to exactly match.
She got upset at what I was telling her and wanted to know why it was so hard to sand down and restain a table top.
I then began to explain to her that this $3000 table was veneer over particle board.
The woman just about blew a gasket. She thought I was insulting her. She exclaimed about how she only sold QUALITY furniture. I politely invited the lady to crawl under the table and take a good look around with me.
After showing her that I wasn’t lying or insulting her, and that I was correct, she had a change of attitude.

I guess the lady appreciated my help.
When she redone her office, she gave me a call to build her a desk out of SOLID wood. She didn’t want that veneer covered particle board in her office.


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#11 posted 01-24-2012 03:43 AM

If you really want ideas go on fine and go to the gallery section.
Its highlights from the readers gallery and theres dozens upon dozens of fine pieces.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#12 posted 01-24-2012 05:09 AM

Go to google images. Type in pics of furniture styles your looking for. I take a camera with me when I go to antique shops or flea markets .

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