There are several reasons to choose to make your own furniture, such as the lower price, customization to your style, etc., but to have the desired quality and productivity you need a series of specific tools, and in the article more below you will find a list of essential products.
In case you want to make your own furniture, you will choose some from the hobby or semi-professional range that have a lower price, but if you want to open a workshop for making furniture, it is good to go to professional tools that will ensure the power and speed you need. Below, you will find a list of some basic tools in furniture construction that you should buy in advance, in order to have everything you need at hand.
This device is necessary to be able to make the necessary cuts to bring the raw material (wood or chipboard) to the dimensions necessary for certain portions of the furniture. It will help you cut straight and at perfect angles. The easiest way is to mark the line with a pencil or marker, after which to have a perfect and clean cut, the piece is cut face down.
You can opt for a model with vertical cutting with inclination, possibly equipped with a sledge, which allows you to cut any type of wood at a vertical and horizontal angle, with a generous cutting distance of 40-50 cm. Depending on the cutting distances, you will also choose the type of device, small in size, equipped with a canvas with a maximum size of 10 cm, medium with a canvas up to 30-40 cm, large over 40 cm.
The cut is made with the help of a serrated blade that has a continuous up and down movement. Unlike circular, it is useful for cutting curved, precise lines, more complicated patterns, in wood or chipboard. It can also be used for straight lines.
For coarser cuts in timber, for example, you need a blade with fewer teeth, the finer the cut needs to be, the more you will choose a blade with more teeth, and can make very tight curves. The working speed must be correlated with the number of teeth, because at a very high speed with very fine teeth the effect of burnt wood, unsightly and unwanted during processing can occur.
This drilling and screwing device is the basis for making furniture. You can choose a portable model with batteries if you only perform such operations occasionally, or with a wire that provides you with more power, even if you are more limited in terms of freedom of movement. You can also go to models with several heads, thus being able to perform other operations such as sanding, polishing, polishing, etc.
Orbital or alternative grinding machine
Because, in case you will make furniture, in addition to the flat surfaces you will have other curves, go immediately to a grinding machine that will allow you both options.
Thus, you can opt for: an orbital model – dedicated especially for grinding curved surfaces, but also flat, it is provided with movable disks that mold perfectly to the surface with which it comes into contact and performs an orbital movement; or an alternative model – which is provided with a belt to support the abrasive paper, is dedicated to fine grinding, has a longitudinal movement, and with skill and skill can be used for any type of surface.
Circular saw with table
For a woodworking and furniture making workshop, this is a basic device for making high-precision cuts. Compared to a circular saw, it is stationary, and the material to be cut goes towards the saw. A very important criterion in choosing this device is the cutting blade, which has a certain diameter, angle of inclination, the material from which it is made.
Thus for wood and chipboard, you can choose a cutting blade made of steel. The larger the blade diameter, the deeper the cuts will be made. In order to be able to move the device in case of need, choose a circular table saw equipped with wheels.
You definitely want to opt for the best electric planer for you and if you are carefully informed about the different models on the market it will be easy to choose the right option. Thus, if you perform occasional planing work, you can choose a model with a universal electric motor, but for professional work go on an induction motor even if it is a bit bigger and heavier, it is much more resistant.
There are also portable models equipped with batteries, for lighter work of small size, or with wire that provides more power even if it limits your freedom of movement.
For a furniture making workshop, it is preferable to choose dedicated variants depending on the type of operation performed, but for occasional works you can go on a universal planer that will also allow you to finish or corner operations.
Another crucial aspect for choosing the right model is: bench planer – which helps to plan a large amount of wood in a short time; manual planer – suitable for occasional work, for rounding corners and other finishes.
Of course you can also opt for other tools in case you want to open a workshop for furniture products, but these are basic and will help you at the beginning with protective equipment to be able to work safely. Over time, you will be able to equip yourself depending on what you find that you need, such as: vacuum cleaner to efficiently collect accumulated dust; wood lathe in case you want to make certain furniture accessories; chisel sets to help you carve wood if you are passionate; cant apply machine if you develop and it is necessary etc.