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Project by JonBikeRacer posted 02-07-2015 06:31 PM 813 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine found a couple tables she liked on-line, and asked if I could re-create something similar. The condition was that I had to make it for less than the advertised price, and to her color/size specifications. The main design of the table was that of a simple top with wrought iron legs, and a “hand carved live edge.”

Dimensions are 67” x 35(ish)” x 2.” The wood used is maple, with one coat of Zinseer SealCoat, diluted 50%, 2 coats of General Finishes’ ‘Candlelite’ gel, and four coats of their “High Performance Top Coat”

I don’t have a jointer, so I had to joint the boards with my trusty Woodriver #6, which I find is one of my favorite tools!

I am happy with the way it turned out, and my friend also likes it which matters the most.

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"





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fellednhewn

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#1 posted 02-08-2015 12:51 AM

I like the carved live edge. For me, it makes the table. Thanks for listing your finishing technique. It gives a glow and softness to the table without being too glossy.

What will the table be used for?

-- A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”

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JonBikeRacer

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 01:00 AM

Thanks fellednhewn!

She will use it as a dining table, and she was very specific about the sheen. She wanted a semi-gloss, and that is what I tried to reproduce. It should be pretty durable. General Finishes makes great products.

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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robscastle

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 12:02 PM

The results look very nice Jon,

So with such a good result I need to know if your friend “screwed you over” on the build price wise?

Do you know the Commercial buy price and your estimated costs to reproduce the table please?

Again in closing you did an excellent job on them!

-- Regards Robert

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 06-16-2015 01:46 PM

This table turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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JonBikeRacer

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#5 posted 06-18-2015 08:05 PM



The results look very nice Jon,

So with such a good result I need to know if your friend “screwed you over” on the build price wise?

Do you know the Commercial buy price and your estimated costs to reproduce the table please?

Again in closing you did an excellent job on them!

- robscastle

Thank you Rob!
I believe I quoted a fair price, but my better half keeps telling me I should charge more. Essentially, my friend found a similar table on-line and asked how much I could reproduce it for. I told her I’d save her $200.00 from the on line price, and deliver it to her for free! This worked out for the both of us. This woodworking hobby/habbit is just that, I am not a pro… not yet at least :-)

Jon S.

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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robscastle

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#6 posted 06-21-2015 07:03 AM

Jon,

As long as you are happy and the customer is happy that is the main objective.
I am impressed that you could do it for $200.00 less ! usually on line prices are at rock bottom, to the extent its almost beyond being able to compete with!
Price increases well something to think about later

-- Regards Robert

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