Matter of Choice

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 11-15-2015 03:46 PM 1324 views 5 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Customer ordered a table 5’x5’. She likes the Barnwood look. After I built the table and put a coat of Danish oil on it I sent her pictures. She quickly replied that she wanted it dark brown. Although it broke my heart, the customer gets what they want. So a dark walnut stain was applied. After it dried I sanded the top some and put on some lighter stain in hopes of getting a more “barnwood” look.

It’s 31” tall. She loves it. Now I have to make a bench to match.

Thanks for reading and all comments and suggestions are welcome.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 11-15-2015 03:57 PM

Either way, Monte, this is beautiful!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#2 posted 11-15-2015 04:45 PM

Monte, you do amazing work. Of course, I haven’t seen any of your work I didn’t like.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#3 posted 11-15-2015 04:59 PM

Excellent job Monte. It looked far nicer before the brown was applied. The customer isn’t always right.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 11-15-2015 05:24 PM

Absolutely beautiful work. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 11-15-2015 05:41 PM

Too bad she made you change it, I like the first edition a whole lot better. Both look good, but the first is more to my liking.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 11-15-2015 05:48 PM

Monte, I’m with you about keeping it light but either way it is marvelous. You continue to amaze me at the imaginative projects you do. I’ll bet your items are the most copied on Lumberjocks…....and I am one. See my coffee table, direct off one of your projects. Thanks for all the inspiration. I’ll be 78 in a week and I have had to slow way down but your projects always spur something inside me to keep working. Thanks

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#7 posted 11-15-2015 06:03 PM

Well, look on the bright side. At least she didn’t ask you to paint it black.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#8 posted 11-15-2015 06:16 PM

Monte, I like both looks. It just depends on the setting. Hope she leafs you post a pic of it when it and the bench are ‘home’. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 11-15-2015 06:37 PM

I’m with you Monte on preferring the look before the stain. However, it’s a beautiful table to the liking of the customer, so it’s win/win.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 11-15-2015 07:23 PM

Love “your” table, hate the stain

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#11 posted 11-15-2015 08:05 PM


Like Candy I also like both looks. The lady you sold it to might have a darker furniture in the kitchen so it would match.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#12 posted 11-15-2015 08:51 PM

Is because the wood angled in those quadrants that you don’t have to worry about expansion problems? Or is there something underneath you’re doing that solves this? Or maybe you simply don’t have problems doing it this way?

Just curious because I’m an idiot and don’t know enough about designing for expansion/contraction and want to learn.

If were the customer I would have slapped myself for asking it to be stained!

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#13 posted 11-16-2015 01:01 AM

You created a beautiful table. I would have kept it and made her one with a plywood top painted brown. There is no accounting for taste (or lack of same).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 11-16-2015 01:08 AM

Hi Monte

Do prefer the natural colors myself but the customer is always right if it is a commercial project. Lucky for me that I only do things I want and they take it the way it ends up. Keep on making the dust my friend.

-- George Coles,

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#15 posted 11-16-2015 01:14 AM

Unfortunately you have to give the customer what they want. The first version is the real winner. But we always take care of the customer. Nice job in giving her what she wanted.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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