Making each style and type of furniture has its own procedures. Furniture making, in fact, comprises certain steps that must be completed in order. Knowing what to do next is the most crucial part, especially while making Indian wooden furniture.
Here's how you can go about it.
Draw a plan
A good plan about your wooden furniture would comprise clear sketches, drawn to scale along with a step by step assembly diagram for the complex parts. A list of required materials tools must be kept at hand. Books and magazines on Indian furniture could be a good source for plans.
Gather the materials
Collect all tools and materials required for building the piece of Indian wooden furniture. Be sure that you include all hardware and sundry other items like sandpaper and wooden furniture glue. You can borrow the tools you don't have. Being able to shift from one job to another sans any interruption would help you in making the most out of your momentum and time.
Cut the pieces
Cut the pieces of your Indian furniture with the largest piece first. Finish each task on a piece ahead of resettling tools for the next piece for preventing mistakes and saving time. Join all the parts of your wooden furniture after the cutouts are complete. These include processes like routing edges, boring for hardware and drilling for dowels. Then sand all the individual pieces.
Lay all the pieces in a logical order. Now group the pieces that must come together. Assemble your Indian wooden furniture in section, building right from the ground level to up. Attach the legs of a table to the skirt for building the table's frame. Assemble the table's top and the expansion leaf hardware as individual pieces. After this, connect the various sections. For instance, finish all the assembly of the table unless you've been instructed otherwise in the manual.
Use sandpaper to rub the entire piece of your wooden Indian furniture so as to prepare the grain for staining. You can use the 150-grit for the first part and then graduate to a 220-grit sandpaper for doing the final pass. Wipe your Indian furniture along with the grain with a dampened rag dipped in mineral spirits. This is for removing the sanding dust and aligning the grain.
You can rub your furniture with the stain of the color of your choice. This has to be done with a very soft cloth. You must follow the specific instructions printed on the product label for acquiring the best results.
Apply at least two to three coats of the clear finish to your wooden Indian furniture, using a medium-sized brush with soft bristles. Work along long and straight strokes, thereby spreading the finish evenly to all parts of the furniture for preventing drips and runs. Don't rush with the finishing. Instead, allow the recommended time for drying and then lightly rub off the surface with emery cloth in-between coats.
After all the processes are complete, allow the furniture to dry.