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Old 07-22-2017, 08:21 AM   #21
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My god man..... that looks like a kindergarten class all pitched in and made it. I'm wondering if I should cut my work load in half and make double the money. Or just make a few of those junky looking tables and put em on the internet.


In half? More like by 100. Although I notice that nobody's bought it yet.
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No but I have seen that SAME table offered for FREE on Craigslist, but no one would take it.

I am one who likes live edge work, rough sawn timber, and old antiques, but please let me use my modern tools to work with them...
I think I saw the same ad

And yes power tools are a must especially when working with walnut or oak or the likes
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Another thing about stuff like this - the cheaper you try to sell it, the less desirable it is. Free means it's junk and not worth picking up, plus Craigslist isn't exactly going to reach your target market.

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Here is one example - notice the nail joinery - only $1900:

https://www.chairish.com/product/382...-kitchen-table
I was a bit shocked to see how sh**ty that looked and how much it costs.

I wouldn't use that in my shop to hold junk

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I was a bit shocked to see how sh**ty that looked and how much it costs.

I wouldn't use that in my shop to hold junk

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It's all about taste. Some people hate anything that doesn't look new. No joke, I've known people that were going to take a $2000+ antique to the dump - in their eyes, it was worthless. There has always been a market for stuff that looked beat up and crappy. It actually takes a lot of finishing talent to make stuff look the right kind of beat up and crappy. I always think the rustic look is somewhat similar in that regard.

Also, all this stuff follows trends - things come into and fall out of fashion.
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And yes power tools are a must especially when working with walnut or oak or the likes
It really depends what you're making.
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Hand hewn barn beam mantels, 60 bucks for a 8 foot chunk, two hours to flatten one side and trim ends, etc. builders are picking them up and paying me 900 bucks. I hate them, but I love money. I have a stash of old machinery bases, legs etc., put a nice hunk of lumber on them and I can name my own price.

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Customer showed me antique table they bought a year ago for $1k, put together with drywall screws. Now has powder post beetles, massive chunks missing except for polyurethane top coat. Looks like a 5 yer old made it.
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I think the thing I don't like about it is all the years I've spent perfecting my woodworking skills. Being able to turn several pieces of wood into one solid seamless object. Although I will say that the guy I've been building counter tops for built a few of his own and he was mesmerized by the ones I built an mentioned how beautiful they were. I think if you put the same price tag on a nice custom built table and a crappy table then they would go for the nice one.
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It's just a board, right?

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Customer showed me antique table they bought a year ago for $1k, put together with drywall screws.
Probably wasn't antique. Plus, it must have been wet to have powder post beetles...
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I think if you put the same price tag on a nice custom built table and a crappy table then they would go for the nice one.
It really does depend on the person and the house it's going in....
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It's just a board, right?

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It's just a board, right?

Nice . Is that walnut?
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It really does depend on the person and the house it's going in....
Very true. A house I'm working on off and on is as rustic as it gets. My guys would complain about an off cut til I got them to realize it was the style of the house. But they do have some pristine walnut counter tops.
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Our challenge is finding a crew to take it down, and pay us for it, that is bonded and insured.
There are ones in New England that specialize in it. They really like to get sound barns, completely disassemble them, and sell the whole package as a kit. I know there are ones in PA that do it as well.
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Pinwheel is a wizard at rustic.
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The table under the flowers rates as an ugly table. Notice the nails holding the top picture frame in place.

This is a ~3" thick chunk of green marble that was set into a crude base and a picture frame overlaid. In it's previous life, it was used to store cans of oil in a home garage.

The furniture in the background is Eastlake style ~$2K for the set.
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