Well, its all together and ALMOST finished…..I ran out of teak oil before I could step back and say “DONE”, and all the stores were closed by this time. I’ll have to finish it up tonight. This will be the final blog before I post this as a project.
Overall, I’m very happy with it, and have gotten very positive comments on the design. I rushed the final assembly more than my usual critical eye would allow, (which means I cut corners on finish sanding ALL surfaces and just focused on the ones you could touch)....its a curse and an asset to be so detail oriented sometimes! It takes a lot of time to sand down every piece to 220grit, (almost every board surface is finished on this, even the underside and parts that will never be seen or touched). But, I was ready to be done with this, so a few hidden surfaces are only finished to 80grit. Also, I should have slowed down and put oil on all the boards before screwing them together, but again I was just ready to be done so there are a few mating surfaces with no oil on them. Not a big deal to any normal person, but it bugs me!! Also, I don’t care for my decision to use only one slab for the bench seats….I think I should have sculpted two boards together to pull the overall design down through the whole table. I hope to figure out and use some sort of joinery on the next one rather than just using screws. I really like the look of wooden wedges through a mortis/tenon.
Any input/tips/suggestions from Lumberjocks is very welcome. Especially the hardest question of value…what would you expect to see the price tag on something like this? Not necessarily from a business standpoint on the production end considering time/labor/material, but from a customer standpoint of value. At this point for me, building projects is fun, and I don’t care how long it takes me to finish (usually)....when I’m done I want a happy customer who is excited to trade their cash for my work.
-- Juniper Canyon Design