Fred Eiden: Custom Furniture

Welcome to my furniture portfolio. Please take a few minutes to look at some of my previous work and reach out if you have any questions.

One Step at a Time

The first construction step is to mill the various components: legs, rails, stiles, panels.  This is not as straightforward as it might seem.  When making fine furniture it is important to map out your cuts.  There are imperfections in the wood that need to be avoided.  Splits in the grain to work around.  Sections along the edge or in the center that might detract visually.  Some planks yield a surprisingly small amount of useful material.  Others provide more than enough.  It is at this stage, when you feel you have really started, that extra care is taken to get it right.

Details Matter

The distinguishing feature of fine wood furniture is the attention to detail.  It is one thing to get the design right, another to build it.  Every joint is inspected.  Every mortise is carefully prepared.  Every surface is planed and sanded smooth.