Black & Decker Readymade Home Furniture: Easy Building Projects Made from Off-the-Shelf Items

Black & Decker Readymade Home Furniture: Easy Building Projects Made from Off-the-Shelf Items

by Chris Peterson


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You might not think it, but home stores carry all the furniture you'd find in a show room; it's just not assembled yet.  Black & Decker Readymade Home Furniture shows you how.

You can find just about any furnishing imaginable in the aisles of the home goods store—coffee tables, wine racks, chandeliers—with just a little assembly (and creativity) required. In Black & Decker Readymade Home Furniture, you will learn how to re-imagine the big-box building center as a source for stylish, customized home furnishings that are i nexpensive and easy to make yourself.

Metal connectors, pipes and ductwork, rope, sheet goods, glass, and all varieties of hardware are just a few of the ingredients you can shop for to turn yourself into a furniture maker— without the need to buy a lot of woodworking tools and learn complicated joinery.

Inside this book, you will find a wealth of insightful information on how to convert everyday building materials into fine furnishings, along with 24 projects, complete with instructions to get you started. Unique and custom styles and colors, durability (select the quality materials you want), low cost, and a sense of satisfaction are just a few of the benefits you will experience by doing your furniture shopping at your home center or hardware store.

A few of the demonstration projects included in Black & Decker Readymade Home Furniture are:

  • Shoe rack from concrete forming tubes
  • Copper pipe tubing pot rack
  • Nuts-and-bolt candle holder
  • Door desk made with axe handle legs
  • Modern media center from angle iron and melamine board
  • Door handle coat rack
  • Ductwork coffee table
  • Bagged concrete planters
  • Faux rock and pump waterfall
Grab your tools, because it's time to get creative! One trip to the home center will save you a dozen to the furniture showroom; not to mention time, money, and having to deal with salesmen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760361627
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Publication date: 12/25/2018
Edition description: New
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.37(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Chris Peterson is a veteran home improvement and design author. Among the many books he has written are 5-Gallon Bucket Book, Building with Secondhand Stuff, Manskills, four books in the Ideas You Can Use series, and many books in Cool Springs Press's BLACK+DECKER Complete Guide series. He has also co-authored numerous home design books with noted media celebrities. He lives in Ashland, Oregon.

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Black & Decker Readymade Home Furniture: Easy Building Projects Made from Off-the-shelf Items 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
apeape More than 1 year ago
Wow, so many cool projects! There are nice, clear instructions for each project, along with lots of photos. The beginning of the book includes a comprehensive run-down of materials needed, and the projects, in addition to being really useful and nice-looking additions to any home, also give inspiration for using readymade components in new ways!
oldwarden More than 1 year ago
An excellent little book for beginning woodworkers and DIY'ers. Full of simple projects, like wine racks and birdhouses. Also has some more complex builds, such as a hobby center or closet home office. But even those are fairly uncomplicated, using stock cabinets and adapting them to the project. Begins with a fairly substantial description of tools and fasteners. Easily understood step-by-step instructions. Lavishly photographed. Would be a great resource to people wanting to test the waters in woodworking.