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Hiring a carpenter to make your furniture comes with a plethora of benefits. Not only can you get customized furniture that is a true reflection of your personality, lifestyle, and aesthetic style, you also get an opportunity to furnish your space in the best possible way. You can customize size, finish, and design as per your own need and will get a quality piece you will cherish forever.
However, to ensure that your new customized furniture is everything you want it to be and then some more, keep these 3 important tips in mind.
1. Quality of Wood
Your furniture is only as durable as the quality of wood you use. While it is possible to find a wide variety in wood these days, as well as hardy plywood and recycled wood options as well, it is best to choose a hardwood if you are looking for strength and durability. Also, a dimensionally stable wood with a vertical end grain results in the best finish.
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Avoid seasonal wood or locally sourced wood unless you are building smaller pieces of furniture that will not be used for load-bearing tasks. Side tables, end tables and small chests don’t require as much stability as couches, chairs, beds and cupboards. For the heavier furniture pieces, it is best to opt for Teak Wood, Sheesham Wood, Mango Wood, Elm Wood or Oak Wood.
2. Skill Of The Carpenter
While you may have chosen high-quality wood, the skill of your carpenter comes into play for dimensions, structural stability, joinery and finesse of the finished product. Before you hire a carpenter, make sure you have seen a few samples of his work.
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While skilled labor like carpenters come from a long line of professionals in India and have learned the tricks of the trade by wood-working all their life, not all of them are created equal. Make sure that your carpenter understands your design well and can guarantee a similar finish and structural stability when you show him reference images.
3. Manual Errors
Most ready-made furniture these days is machine-made. Simply put, they are mass produced with the use of machines that handle all the cutting, building, joining and finishing tasks. On the other hand, customized furniture built by a carpenter has a richer, more luxurious look simply because of his skill and expertise.
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However, as with all things man-made, customized furniture is more prone to manual errors. Check the joinery and structure, hardware and polish of your furniture carefully before making payments. Check that all edges are rounded, the handles and knobs are attacked firmly, the channels for drawers work smoothly, and the polish of the wood is consistent. Thankfully, these errors, when they exist, are also easily rectified, so it is very important for you to be able to identify them.