Floating style sofa table

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Project by RussellAP posted 09-18-2013 03:05 PM 2183 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project last Sunday and it’s basically finished except for the final coat of poly. I want to let the oil dry for a couple weeks first.

The top is 8/4 walnut with turquoise filling the checks and natural danish oil.
The bottom shelf is 4/4 walnut left natural.
The corners were done on a joiner, the easiest way for sure.
The frame is pecan with a fruit-wood danish oil.
The pecan barely takes color after sanding to 220, it may take another wipe.

I’ll install the leveling legs and dowel the top down after the final finish goes on. All surfaces are finished.

It weighs about 40 lbs.

This is one of the show pieces I will be trying to get a furniture gallery to look at selling.

Ideally, I’d like to have a nice high end furniture store, locally owned, put my stuff in their store. Hopefully they wont try to dictate to me what to make.

I’d like to clear 700$ on this piece, but I think a furniture store can get a couple hundred more for it.

I’m lousy at pricing so chime in if you have a formula.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 03:40 PM

Sure is nice looking! I would like to know your source for the turquoise and if there is a certain size to use.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 03:40 PM

Beautiful piece Russell. I love the turquoise filled checking. Seeing how well you have done that it inspires me to try it out on some checked walnut that I am having to deal with right now.

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 03:59 PM

Randy, I used several batched on this one, some were as coarse as kosher salt, and some were like powder. One was a little more green than blue. The mix came out nice.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 04:02 PM

MaroonGoon, if you love walnut as much as I do, you learn to deal with the checks, twists, wobbles, and whatnot. I get it from a local mill and it’s pretty cheap. This table is not an example of what I would usually pay, but I paid a total of 9$ for the walnut in this project, and I think about 14 BF of pecan. So it cost very little to make.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 04:26 PM

Upon zooming on the pictures, you got an audible “wow” from me. Great work.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 05:59 PM

Beautiful table Russell. I love floating tops! I hope you make out well with selling it.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Marty 529

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 06:52 PM

Very nice. Love the color of the top

-- Marty, Ohio

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#8 posted 09-18-2013 07:26 PM

Very attractive piece—don’t sell yourself short. Remember you can always reduce your price to make the sale up it’s hard to go the other direction if someone is ready to buy it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 09-18-2013 09:06 PM

Ok i’ll throw some numbers out there – I sense as a rule LJs keep to the technique and aesthetics when commenting because every region and every town will differ

I purchased a livingroom set the other night from a major retailer and I perused the imported solid wood furniture
A similar sized sofa table like this with a sandblasted rugged look and drawer fronts only (not actual drawers) was $1700 plus tax – this is inflated because they are capitalizing on excited couples spending money on entire sets

So even at $1200 at a place that doesn’t place large ticket items next to it to inflate the value you are reasonable. A vendor will want 40% of retail so that leaves you $720

My experience with unique pieces is that discerning tastes may rather commission the work to suit so in that case you still give the finder thier cut

By the way…very nice piece!

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 09-18-2013 09:24 PM

Great job. Love the piece. I always say that I would much rather explain the price than apologies for quality. With that said, most furniture store deal with much cheaper quality furniture that looks high end. The really high quality pieces cost a arm and a leg, and that cuts down on the number of folks who are able and willing to spend that kind of money for a high end, high quality piece. I wish you the best of luck

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 09-18-2013 10:48 PM

Beautiful table and design, the table looks great….awesome job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 09-19-2013 12:41 AM

That turned out really super! Can’t help with pricing as I am not much of a salesman.

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

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#13 posted 09-19-2013 12:31 PM


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#14 posted 09-19-2013 12:45 PM

Sweet Looking Table!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 09-19-2013 01:00 PM

Great looking build Russell

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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