Building custom furniture for a living

One of my neighbors and her husband just had a baby. She is a teacher and he is a woodworker. We spend a lot of time hanging out with them on the weekends and have gotten to know a lot about custom furniture. Mark has always enjoyed building custom furniture. A lot of his clients are in the nice area of town and have a lot of money to spend on custom furniture. Most of the requests he gets are for custom barstools. Many people do not consider bar height when building a house. That’s where we went wrong. We built a house last year and I insisted on having a giant island in the middle of the kitchen. I love the idea of entertaining guests while preparing dinner. I also like the idea of a built in table that comes with the house. However, I did not take into consideration the size of the chairs that would have to go with the bar top. When shopping for barstools, I realized that there was not a standard size to match the height of my island. I told my neighbor about the dilemma, hoping that he might be able to offer some insight to the situation. He told me that this was a common issue that he dealt with in his line of work. He said that he would be able to build custom bar stools for me and they would not be terribly expensive. He even had the supplies at his shop. He offered to start on it that day!

 

Building custom furniture for a living