The Custom Furniture Business: Creating Beautiful and Timeless Designs
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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

These sculptural chalk pieces let you draw perfect patterns

Almost too pretty to use

Goodbye sticks of chalk. Hello…geometrically precise hunks of chalk. Designer Nikolas Bentel just upped the chalk game significantly (did you know there was a chalk game?) with his Chalk Drawers, a set of odd-looking drawing utensils designed to help people create precise shapes and lines.

Three pieces of chalk on a blackboardNew Museum Store

The pieces of chalk, which look a little like super-sized microbes, were made with a 3D printer, giving them literally laser-cut precision. Rotate the circle drawer on its surface, and you’ll get a perfect circle; pull or pull the line drawer, and you’ll see a set of five perfectly-spaced lines; roll the dot drawer across a chalkboard, and it’ll produce a flurry of small dots—no ruler or compass required.

This grown-up version of chalk is clever and not just thanks to its sculptural look. It’s foolproof precision for those of us who lack drawing skills. You can check them out at the New Museum’s gift shop.

Via: Designboom


Almost too pretty to use

Goodbye sticks of chalk. Hello…geometrically precise hunks of chalk. Designer Nikolas Bentel just upped the chalk game significantly (did you know there was a chalk game?) with his Chalk Drawers, a set of odd-looking drawing utensils designed to help people create precise shapes and lines.

Three pieces of chalk on a blackboardNew Museum Store

The pieces of chalk, which look a little like super-sized microbes, were made with a 3D printer, giving them literally laser-cut precision. Rotate the circle drawer on its surface, and you’ll get a perfect circle; pull or pull the line drawer, and you’ll see a set of five perfectly-spaced lines; roll the dot drawer across a chalkboard, and it’ll produce a flurry of small dots—no ruler or compass required.

This grown-up version of chalk is clever and not just thanks to its sculptural look. It’s foolproof precision for those of us who lack drawing skills. You can check them out at the New Museum’s gift shop.

Via: Designboom

Almost too pretty to use

Goodbye sticks of chalk. Hello…geometrically precise hunks of chalk. Designer Nikolas Bentel just upped the chalk game significantly (did you know there was a chalk game?) with his Chalk Drawers, a set of odd-looking drawing utensils designed to help people create precise shapes and lines.

Three pieces of chalk on a blackboardNew Museum Store

The pieces of chalk, which look a little like super-sized microbes, were made with a 3D printer, giving them literally laser-cut precision. Rotate the circle drawer on its surface, and you’ll get a perfect circle; pull or pull the line drawer, and you’ll see a set of five perfectly-spaced lines; roll the dot drawer across a chalkboard, and it’ll produce a flurry of small dots—no ruler or compass required.

This grown-up version of chalk is clever and not just thanks to its sculptural look. It’s foolproof precision for those of us who lack drawing skills. You can check them out at the New Museum’s gift shop.

Via: Designboom


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.