Furniture is valuable, often costing a few tens and sometimes selling for a few hundred. It is one of the few industrial processes that can still be pursued by the amateur or the artisan, and with the appropriate skill and equipment can be a profitable hobby.
Large factories have the advantage in terms of equipment and manpower; the amateur will never be able to turn the equivalent profit with the same amount of manpower. Some people love to cut and finish wood, however, and are proud to sell their handiwork. The minimum is skill; a person who knows what they are doing can turn excellent chairs and tables with hand tools.
For those willing to invest in large and high-powered equipment, they can accomplish more if they see their investment through. Setting up shop can be as simple as buying hand-held tools, but it is also possible to obtain large rotary saws and claps. What is most essential is a strong, central table. Bulky equipment, particularly the saw, must be riveted to the cutting table with bolts and nuts. Clamps can be independent or also bolted to the table, but are essential to holding wood and avoiding accidents. Make sure a large toolbox is in a convenient place, to store tools and keep them off the floor.