I’ve spent some time over the holidays in consignment and resale shops. Theres a troubling trend i’m noticing. Chances are you can buy a fine hardwood table, desk, stool or various and sundry other items for less than you can buy the same amount of lumber to build it with.
Somethings not right here. Are we at a point where the most economical source of wood is to tear a finished table apart? I’m serious. I saw a Teak carving that was out of a chunk approx 3” x 4” x 8” tall for 4 bucks. You couldn’t find a chunk of rough Teak for that price. A table with 3” x 3” quarter sawn oak legs AND a top for 30 bucks? All things i saw associated with wood were ridiculously cheap.
The near future may be in woodworkers tearing furniture apart and milling the lumber from it to sell for a profit…...So somebody else can build a piece of furniture worth less than the sum of its wood????
I’m not sure what to make of all this but it sure isn’t comforting. I’m sure over saturation of imports isn’t helping the situation any. That, and woodworkers are notoriously bad at applying value to their work.
-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"