Human Hands Woodworking
Mitch Roberson, Maker
Email: wmitchroberson (at) gmail (dot) com
Purchase my furniture online at my Etsy store:
I have a blog called Furnitude in which I discuss my process of building handmade furniture and feature the work of excellent makers whose work I love.
All my furniture is custom-made. If you are interested in commissioning a piece, please contact me to set up a meeting to discuss styles, wood and finish choices, design details, dimensions and a budget. After we meet I will draft a design proposal. We’ll use it to finalize the design, price and timeframe for completion of the piece.
Timing. Building furniture by hand takes time. How much time? To give you an idea, here’s a quick rundown of the steps involved in making furniture: Designing the piece, acquiring and preparing the lumber, making templates if necessary, dimensioning the parts, cutting the joinery, assembling the components, preparing the piece for finishing and applying the finish. (Shipping time is also involved, of course, for those pieces requiring long-distance delivery.)
Depending on the size and complexity of the piece, each of these steps can take anywhere from hours to days. Also, most finishes take about a week to complete, as each coat (of several) usually takes 24 hours to cure. If I don’t already have the lumber for your project on hand and must purchase it, the lumber must acclimate in my shop for at least a week to prevent warping. That said, I can build most things within two to eight weeks. I will discuss the timeframe with you at the outset of the project so you’ll know what to expect.
Pricing. Price is based on the cost of the materials and the time and expertise I put into building and finishing the piece and is always discussed prior to initiation of work. Half of the price is due when the order is placed; the other half is due upon delivery. Crating and shipping charges are extra. While the nature of the materials and workmanship involved with handmade furniture makes it more expensive than mass-produced pieces, my goal is to make something of lasting value.
Delivery/shipping. I am happy to make local deliveries in the Nashville area. Outside of Nashville, most items can be boxed and shipped. I’m happy to get estimates from shipping companies and will discuss shipping costs with you at the outset of the purchasing process.