How NOT to Build Wooden Furniture

//How NOT to Build Wooden Furniture

In the above video I show a solid cherry entertainment center that my good friend gave me because it was poorly built. Great wood but poor construction. I regularly point out to my children the difference between finely built furniture and poorly built furniture, so I found this to be a great test of their knowledge!


My boys and I point out poor woodworking joinery techniques often used by beginner woodworkers. By the way, my three-year-old son knocked out his tooth when he tripped at a BBQ restaurant…it’s not due to poor hygiene!


For example, I can see the possible use of occasional pocket hole joinery in kitchen cabinetry, but deck screws? Um, no. Not even IKEA uses deck screws in furniture. My boys have learned the value of furniture that is made using traditional joinery like mortise & tenon, tongue & groove, and dovetails (see how I make those joints here). I want to teach them to avoid “throw-away furniture” that will only last a few years, but to buy (or better yet, to build) furniture that can be passed down through the generations (like these  Windsor chairs).


So we dug out the wood putty, removed all the screws, and recycled this beautiful wood for use in my traditional woodworking workshop.


Comment below to tell me about your experience with poorly built furniture or recycling furniture like this!


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Jason Hammond

Josh, did you save those screws for that new deck?


Looks like fun, Joshua. Can’t wait to see what you build from it. Great site. Thanks for sharing this stuff. Keep it up, man.


Those are nice boards.


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