Feel free to think outside the box when it comes to custom carpentry for your home. Crown molding and built-in bookcases are among the most common choices, but other beautiful additions can include chair rails, baseboards, window moldings, and more. Depending on your preferences, style, and architectural design, the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating gorgeous details in your home with customized woodwork.
In the seventies and eighties there began an exodus from the mass produced factory wood products which resulted in the creation of the small time craftsman and craftswoman. This opportunity increased in scope and practicality until sometime during the first decade of this century. But now (2010) the ability of the lone craftsman to survive is at its lowest ebb since the revolution of the seventies rose up against mass production.
There are many woodworking plans on the internet; you should make use of them. Of course you will come across plans that will need you to pay some money to get access, yet some other plans are free for download. If you are just starting out on your woodworking business, you can make good practice with the free plans. Nonetheless, if you are looking for great plans that will help you make fully customized woodworks then you can part with a small fee that will introduce you to good customizable plans.
There are many steps to becoming a woodworking craftsman. But where do you start? Of course you need the tools, but which ones? You need a professional woodworker that gives you a variety of designs, but also shows you the ropes and the essentials needed. Ideally, an accompanying video would be a great benefit because many people learn visually.
Sometimes making a piece of custom woodwork is also just necessary because you just can’t find what you need in any store. Often this is the case when you need something that is a very specific shape or size. Often when we buy furniture we end up having to rearrange everything else in the room to get it to fit, or we have to jam it into a space that it just isn’t suited for. Designing and creating your own custom woodwork ensures that your pieces will always fit where they need to fit, and that everything will look like it belongs together.
There is so much that you can get to do with woodworking and yet if you really want to make an impact, concentrating on a few areas is in your best interest. If you are into toys, then making customized toys will help you cut your niche. So you have your custom woodworking, how can you sell them?
Woodworking plans come in many packages on the Internet, but many are really not that reliable. Wading through page after page in the net can be a very time consuming activity, when all you really want to get out there and do is build and create something you can be proud of.
Obviously, you can always head down to Home Depot or any other large warehouse type supply store to get the wood that you need, but these only tend to offer a limited range. If you’re looking for something other than pine, oak, cedar and plywood, then you can look online to get a good deal on those. eBay and Craigslist are another two good sources to buy your wood on a budget.
Attend the various art and craft exhibitions and if possible also get your own pieces to the exhibition. This is one great place that you can get to mingle with great woodworkers and you can learn from each other. You can also get firsthand information from your customers on what to improve on and what is good.