Getting Started    /    A Client Guide

To price a job accurately, and to make sure that clients get exactly what they want, all projects begin with a discussion of the following:


Type of piece

Is it a table, shelving unit, bathroom vanity or entertainment unit?  Is it a piece of outdoor furniture: a Muskoka chair or a garden bench ?


Will the piece go against the wall or be a focal point in the center of the room?  Will it fit in a tiny alcove or will it stretch the full length of a wall?

Type of wood

You need to decide between softwood and hardwood, solid wood or plywood.  The texture and grain of the wood may be an important consideration.  On the other hand, the main concern might be that it cannot be easily dented or damaged.


To properly plan the piece – its height, length and width must be known.  For example, to actually move a wall unit into a room, it might have to be construc- ted in two sections. A large table might have to be built so that the legs can be removed.  If you have chosen your chairs, the distance between the legs of the table must be adequate for the chairs to fit.

Special features

For your table the choices might be turned legs or tapered; fluted apron or plain.  When drawers are included, you will have to decide between flush fit or overlay; metal or wood runners.  The sides of the drawers may be joined to the front with a simple rabbet joint or with more decorative and stronger dovetail joints.


You need to decide on knobs, pulls, hinges, or drawer slides.  These accents add that personal touch to the piece.  Barry will provide suggestions on the practical side of hardware, as well as websites and other sources where you may browse.


Will the piece be painted?  Stained?  Protected?  Antiqued?  Does the finish on an existing piece in your home have to be matched ?  Perhaps you would like to finish it yourself.


You’ll receive an estimated quote based on materials, labour (including consultation and design), and finishing. Once a project commences, properly scaled sketches of your piece are drawn up as part of the design process. With your approval of the design, materials then get purchased, and the building begins!