It is very exciting getting into the art of commercial furniture. However, with it being such a large field, many people can feel a little uneasy trying to start out. Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, embrace the following tips, and get started today putting your skills to work with some wood.
Make A full plan on budget
When creating your budget, never forget to add the each new tool that you will have to purchase. A lot of woodworkers forget about the cost of new tools and focus on the cost of the piece of wood they want to work on. However, if you have to get tools that you do not have, this can break your budget.
If you rent a tool that is unfamiliar to you, ask the rental company for a quick demonstration. Oftentimes, they have someone available to train you with the tool. You can also ask them if they have some kind of a handout that gives tips on what you can do with the tool.
Use the right technology
When sanding a piece of lumber, a lot of sawdust and debris is produced. To help remove those bits of dust and debris from your project vacuum the area. Then, remove the remaining debris using a tack cloth. Wipe both sides of the lumber to remove all traces of debris for best results.
When learning a new commercial furniture or retail display technique, practice it over and over again. Repetition is the best way to learn these skills. So find some cheap wood (scrap wood works), and go at it for some time to hone your skills. This will make it so you’re less likely to make mistakes during important projects.
When you are tackling the sanding portion of your commercial furniture project be sure that you are using the best type of sandpaper. There are many different types available, and using the wrong type can lead to your project being ruined. If you are not sure you are using the right type you can find the correct information online with the click of a few buttons.
Use proper sized hardware
Use the right-sized nail for the project. Very large nails typically cause the wood to split, which will prevent it from holding well. However, too small of a nail will not penetrate deep enough to keep the wood held together. You should always choose the right size nail for the project you are working on.
Is there a screw that’s hard to reach, and you can’t get that screwdriver in? Your toolbox has the answer. Get screwdriver with a long handle that comes with a twelve point socket. Just put your screwdriver into the socket and use your ratchet to get the job done.
Before even beginning a commercial furniture or mall kiosk project, make sure you have an adequate and proper place to work in. You definitely don’t want your living space filled with sawdust. Some commercial furniture supplies, such as stains, varnish and paint strippers, have noxious fumes. Ideally, you will have a detached garage or a shed to work in since an outside space is an ideal location.
Never Make mistakes
You make mistakes. Always remember that, but never say it. You have made mistakes in the past, you are going to make them in the future. Always treat them as learning opportunities. However, never point them out to others or talk about them. Others may not notice, or even care. They’re likely to just be impressed you did something they couldn’t.
Choose the right gloves for every commercial furniture job. If you need fine motor skills, you should use more modern, high tech gloves of a thin, fine, strong, flexible material. When doing more coarse commercial furniture jobs in cold, damp weather, use pigskin gloves that insulate well and deflect moisture from your skin.
Get a tool actuated shop vac to do double duty in your commercial furniture shop. This handy innovation can help you keep your commercial furniture area clean and tidy as you work. With your sander or saw connected to you tool actuated shop vac, you will have continuous cleanup of dust and shavings as you work. This makes commercial furniture safer and more pleasant and cleanup quicker and easier.
Keep all you blades and bit sharp. This way they will be ready cut clean each time you use them. Sharp blades are also much safer to use and less likely to break when you use them. Set a schedule for regular maintenance and know how to identify a dull blade.
Use the right tools
In terms of commercial furniture tools, you can never get enough clamps. Have a wide variety available to you. You’ll need them for holding things in place during cutting, holding together two pieces of wood when gluing, and much more. This is the one type of tool that you’ll need for nearly every project.
Use hot glue instead of a clamp on small projects. If you have to cut, shape, or file a small object, try using a hot glue gun to attach it to a pedestal. It will hold better than a clamp, and can be used on projects that are too oddly shaped or small to be clamped in the first place. To remove it, simply pry lightly with a putty knife.
commercial furniture is a craft enjoyed by young and old alike and has been treasured for centuries. In order to get the most out of it, you must be working towards honing your skills. So, use the tips that have been discussed to help you get going in the right direction today.