All the talk of making tables reminds me, how do you get into making things? This seems like a really dumb question, but I am interested and don't even know where to start. It seems like all the fun and easy ideas I find require expensive equipment we don't have yet. I'd like to invest in some basic tools and learn more about just making/fixing stuff in general. I think it sounds really fun to buy furniture used and work on it and make it into something different or prettier. I took a couple years of shop class in middle school and seemed to have a knack for it, but I've forgotten nearly everything. I'm planning on buying the tools used. Suggestions on where to start?
Check out www.ana-white.com
. She drafts furniture plans inspired by a lot of really popular furniture styles (Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware are big ones), ranging from beginner projects to complex ones for experienced builders. You can search the plans by skill level or a few other categories.
I haven't ever attempted to build anything (from there or elsewhere), though. I agree with you that it sounds like fun, and I'd like to be more handy with household repairs and such than I am. The only real exposure that I've had to this type of thing, though, was helping my parents paint my bedroom when I was like 15, refinishing a dresser (that I kind of wish I'd done a better job on...), and building IKEA furniture.
But, since I live in a one-bedroom apartment with no storage room left (and nowhere to build or refinish things even if I had the tools), I'll have to save my desire to delve into building for the future.