In Motion side table

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Project by Tennessee posted 01-04-2013 08:17 PM 2506 views 15 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inbetween guitars, I’ve been trying to design items that meet a criteria for woodworkers that would help them to sell items, and if not for sale, be something that they might like in their homes or give away as really unique gifts. I kind of thought out a list of things I wanted for these pieces.
1. Be really easy to build, requiring not much more than a typical hobby woodworker shop could manage.
2. Be able to change it as needed to suit personal/customer needs, without a lot of time or expense.
3. Be something that a customer would not normally see in any kind of furniture store or gallery.
4. Be very cost effective, not filled with difficult joints, time consuming inlay or other defined skills that people usually have difficulty getting their money back on.
5. Finally, have somewhat of a WOW factor, so when someone looks at it, they want it.

Some of my bandsaw boxes meet this criteria, and I have sold a few. My unique guitar designs have led me to build 52 guitars over 39 months. Three I kept, three were donated to my church for Christmas givaways, the rest are sold and gone. Now I want to expand into easy to build tables.

My first effort, “Water on Wood”, since I posted it here, it has been commented on by various local people, some of which have said that I really belong in our local artist’s museum guild. Not really ready to give up 30-40% of everything I sell to support a museum. They do have a number of local artists working with wood, glass, stone and other mediums, many of whom are very good at their respective crafts, some not so much. I think I would fit in, but again, you have to do three shows a year minimum, be at their beck and call if they want a display at the local university they are heavily attached to, they make the call on what stuff gets displayed in the store, and although you get to set the pricing, it has to be adjusted for that doggone percentage.
To be honest, I’ve done about as well putting things on my Facebook page and listing things on my website. So the museum is on hold.

This effort is very simple. Local walnut logs my wife and I horsed into the back of our Suburban on the way to the grocery. (Saw it lying in someone’s yard, awaiting pickup by the city) I resawed the two shelves out of a large branch, and wanted them to “follow” each other in the slight turn. They also were allowed to dry freely, not really ricked up, so a little bow is present in the top, but just on the edges. The dead spot on the top was left in on purpose for effect. You will notice that the legs follow the curves, so each set is not parallel with the other set.
I wanted the legs to stand out as unique, yet give up to the walnut which is the star of the table.
The legs are simple locally cut 4/4 oak I bought at a local lumber mill, about $10 worth.
There are no joints, only screw and block, with plugs in the screw holes. The lower shelf is held on with four oak blocks that screw into both the shelf and the legs. Nothing exotic here, all quick and dirty, as per design.
The finish is one coat of Minwax Semi-gloss quick-dry polyurethane, brushed on, then sanded with 320 grit, followed by one brushed coat of Minwax High-gloss quick-dry polyurethane. It still has to be polished out, which I will do in a day or so with Novus #2 for a mirror finish when the poly cures hard.
I think what with the free walnut, I have about $15 in this table.
I’m struggling a little on what I think it would be worth, maybe close to $80, definitely not over $100. I’m convinced that time and work does not necessarily make money, but unique and interesting does. There are projects posted on here that no doubt would be worth thousands, and usually it took the artist hundreds of hours to make the item. I’m looking at the other end. Something that can be knocked out in a short day, turn quick.
I think if it is unique enough, people will buy it. If it looks like a lot of the other stuff people make, maybe not…
As always, thanks for lookin’, and copy it if you want.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 08:38 PM

Awesome, I love & admire this type of natural look…....good job. worth way more tha 80 to a 100. I could not even part with a masterpice like this let alone sell it. Keep up the great work & keep postin….......Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 08:59 PM

Thanks, Jack! But the goal is to make money, I think!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 09:37 PM

Paul that is a nice table, lot’s for the eye
to taken. A great finish
Regards the %’s I get higher prices from an
Agent that takes 35%. Sometimes a big cut
gets it sold quicker as they are keen to sell


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 09:42 PM

Original design, excellent.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 10:02 PM

Wow. Really nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 10:22 PM

Very cute. I also liked your words and I think most people (other than us) does not call attention to the wood itself, but if you are attracted to colors and shapes. Most do not value an intricate union but maybe even more the price you get. I think you’re right with your observations.
Also this do is almost art.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 10:26 PM

Very unique and interesting tables! Love the finish and the shapes.


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#8 posted 01-04-2013 11:07 PM

Great idea, I think they will sell.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 01-04-2013 11:38 PM

Very cool design Paul,I like it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 11:42 PM

Nice work and its worth whatever someone will pay for it.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Ken Holt

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#11 posted 01-05-2013 01:11 AM

Very nice design. Organic feeling, yet also contemporary. I like it a lot, and think it should sell for more, maybe somewhere around $125-150.

-- Ken from Monterey

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#12 posted 01-05-2013 01:37 AM

Paul- That is a beautiful table and great craftsmanship. If you’d bought that walnut you’d have more than your asking price invested! You joinery may be simple but looks elegant to me (can’t find any plugs). Great job all around!

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

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#13 posted 01-05-2013 02:51 AM

Jamie, thanks for the input. I may have to rethink the museum thing.
Ken, you may be right. I am still struggling with pricing on tables.
Geraldo, thanks. I like to know that someone thinks I am close to art!
gfadvm, the plugs are there! All ten of them on the underside of the top of the legs, and more below in the blocks! Sanding off plugs to be flush is a quick and easy way to kind of hide them.

Thanks to all!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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Monte Pittman

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#14 posted 01-05-2013 05:41 AM

Cool. Looks like legs. Love it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 01-05-2013 06:29 AM

Very nice, fluidic motion to it!

You may be on to something, with the quick and dirty approach. Maybe volume is the way to go, over higher priced pieces, but much fewer of them.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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