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Selling Advice Needed - Aromatic Cedar Table

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Project by Justin posted 346 days ago 1753 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made one similar to this a few months back for my dad on Father’s day. I had many people tell me I should build another to sell.

I just finished it and wondering how others are selling their pieces and what price to start at.

It is made of Aromatic Cedar. The table is 4’ X 3’ with 1” thick boards. It stand’s 18.5” from the ground and is very sturdy. It weighs 65 lbs. It is sealed with Olympic Maximum sealant, so it should stand up to the weather of being a patio coffee table. Any selling advice would be appreciated.





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 346 days ago

Wow what a great table and smeels good to boot. Love the design.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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hoss12992

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#2 posted 346 days ago

Love the design of the table and the layout of the wood. Great job. As far as selling, not sure what all is availible in your area, but here, we do set up at crafts fairs, various festivals, and farmer’s market. Not sure if your area has a art coop, but would check and see. Then there is always Craigs list. If your on Facebook, def open a photo folder with “Work For Sale” and that will help to get your name out. Also might wanna check with stores in your area as their may be some that would carry your work. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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GenerationWW

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#3 posted 346 days ago

It looks great! That cedar will hold up very well and the finish should protect it from weathering. As far as selling it, I can encourage to check out my site, its free to sign up and free to list. Also, do a price comparison with similar things on the market.

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ www.generationwoodworks.com for free!

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BusterB

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#4 posted 346 days ago

Love the detail work….nice build. No sales advice for you but am thinking Hoss hit the nail on the head. A craft show or local art group will be best way to possibly break even on your time and effort.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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robscastle

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#5 posted 346 days ago

Justin,

Work out a $ cost for materials
work out a total construction time cost in Hours and then determine a hourly rate multiply it by the hours add the material cost.

You will possibly come up with a figure that presents you personally with a “I would not pay that much” thought.

Check various sites, (take up Generation WW’s offer) selling similar items and then come up with a sell price you are happy with.

After all this don’t be disappointed if you end up keeping it for yourself, its really a nice item.

-- Regards Robert

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sras

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#6 posted 346 days ago

My thought would be you could also check in with those friends that suggested you sell one and see if they (or someone they know) would be interested.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Lanaug

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#7 posted 346 days ago

$300

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GrandpaLen

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#8 posted 346 days ago

She’s a Beauty and I like that it can pull double duty, indoors or out.

Very nice Fit and Finish.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Justin

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#9 posted 346 days ago

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I enjoy building and understand I probably won’t get what I put into it.

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aussiedave

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#10 posted 345 days ago

Beautiful table…itlooks great,well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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svenbecca

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#11 posted 345 days ago

I will tell you that I have made some things and sold them. I ask the person what they think a fair price would be for them. They usually figure a number that is far greater than I thought. For instance, I made a shoe shine box for a person who was leaving the command where I was stationed. Only after I built the item did I ask what he would pay. He told me that he had $500 he would pay me. I was out about $30.00 for materials. To make him feel like he got a deal, I took $450.00. You could probably get a ridiculous amount for the table. People are tired of MDF and particle board and will pay top dollar for solid materials and craftsmanship. I would put $600 on your table and let someone talk you down. Odds are, though, that someone will pay your price. If the person is happy with the product and the price, it is not ripping them off, even if you feel it might be. Or you could have someone make you an offer, you might be pleasantly surprised by what they think it is worth. Just sayin’.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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eric122

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#12 posted 345 days ago

check out my cedar coffee table i made for a customer i sold it for 320.00 let me know what you think i have been wood working for 13 yrs my work is just starting to sell good luck first few items u make u might have to take a small loss just until you build a customer base hope this helps

-- eric underwood

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