Nature's Knots

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Custom Furniture

Posted by Marty Poirier on June 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM

  I see the term custom furniture used a lot these days so I thought I'd share my thoughts on this widely used verbage. First of all there is a big difference between custom and customizable. I saw a TV ad recently promoting a new line of custom sofas. You get to choose one of their styles then choose your color. Custom sofas? I don't think so.

 For me something is custom when a replica wasn't available before it's creation. In other words, true custom doesn't come from a tried and true plan someone already worked the kinks out of. It's something thay is born from one's vision, trial and error and isn't repeated over and over again.

 The last woodworking plan I used was when I built my router table. Norm Abraham of New Yankee Workshop offered the plans and I followed them to the tee. I was a good plan in 2004 and I use the table daily.

 So for Nature's Knots Custom Furniture I stick to creating from mine and my clients vision. No plans, no cut lists. This option takes a bit longer to get from rough sketch to final finish, but for me it's the only way to go.

Categories: General Woodworking Discussion

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