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45k$ Dining table

yardbird

Titanium
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Jul 3, 2013
Location
Indiana
That looks Awesome! I love it! I'm not the most educated woodworker by any stretch of the imagination so don't be offended by this question. Because really it is beautiful. But how does it cost $45,000?

Brent
 

jz79

Stainless
Joined
Mar 21, 2017
price was 45k not the cost, it is not really polite to discuss the cost of such showcases of craftsmanship

I'd be interested to see the techniques used to make the legs, just general curiosity, but I understand that authors might not be willing to share that :)
 

thermite

Diamond
price was 45k not the cost, it is not really polite to discuss the cost of such showcases of craftsmanship

I'd be interested to see the techniques used to make the legs, just general curiosity, but I understand that authors might not be willing to share that :)

Not a lot of mystery. 100% "scratch built". To LAST. A long time. Very.

And labour to PLAN, then DO sech things proper-like?

Welll... it just don't sell for no 88-cents an hour no more!

:)
 

cyanidekid

Titanium
Joined
Jun 4, 2016
Location
Brooklyn NYC
I only did the metal on it but I’ve got something like 100 hours into that. The circumferential trim strip alone is made of 12 pieces of 304. 5 pieces laser cut and welded together, bent, ground, and sanded, for each end. Probably fitted to the wood around 300-400 times and hand polished to 3000 and then buffed. The wood finish is polyester and prob cost 3k alone, and the 12’ of maple veneer was prob 4K ( and it had to be redone, first time it didn’t line up properly). It really should have been 70K

(The legs were steam bent from two layer glued up and turned solid maple)
 

GregSY

Diamond
Joined
Jan 1, 2005
Location
Houston
Furniture is one of those odd things....people seem to spend all sort of money on it without thought. I suspect it's largely woman-driven but I haven't researched that.

Let's not forget there are lot of $45K dining tables...stuff that was made by Luis XIV himself, apparently, 250 years ago. Or George Nakashima. Or just about a million others. And lots of expensive chairs you wouldn't even want to sit on because they're just poorly designed for the human ass.

The big deal around here, for a while at least, was making those coffe tables that had the outdoors-river-fish scenes inlaid in the middle with lots of acrylic resin and/or glass on top. Supposedly, 'rich idiots' would pay thousands for them. I never made one but lots of friends did and claim they had no trouble selling them.
 

Other Brother

Hot Rolled
Joined
Dec 6, 2014
You must have a passion to do this kind of work, and I admire that. It is like a piece of cast iron that I spend 100 hours scraping on and then sell it for $100 because that is what it is worth. Without a passion for doing it I wouldn't keep doing it.

What a beautiful table, but you need to raise your price. :) Daryl
 

cyanidekid

Titanium
Joined
Jun 4, 2016
Location
Brooklyn NYC
You must have a passion to do this kind of work, and I admire that. It is like a piece of cast iron that I spend 100 hours scraping on and then sell it for $100 because that is what it is worth. Without a passion for doing it I wouldn't keep doing it.

What a beautiful table, but you need to raise your price. :) Daryl

yes you are right, I didn't get enough of those dollars. as to having a passion, boy I'll tell ya, I hope I don't ever do another one of these (unless I make enough to hire someone else to do it) feel THAT with a passion!

I do have a passion for the metalwork for sure, but it was quite stressful. it just looked impossible when I had the raw parts on the bench, and just not knowing how it would fit up with the finish on the wood, and how the legs would fit up, and how the wood might move or shrink, etc, etc.:eek:
 

cyanidekid

Titanium
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Jun 4, 2016
Location
Brooklyn NYC
Any idea the total hours in the whole project?

no not really, but its a lot. I think I've got the most hours on any single aspect of this though. the wood was mostly cut on a big CNC router, so not handwork intensive, but if you add all the transportation to the different specialists, the subbing out of the steam bending, the finish, the rework of the veneer, all told this has been in process for almost a year.
 

stoneaxe

Stainless
Joined
Mar 2, 2010
Location
pacific northwest
I was a high end custom woodworker for years, yacht interiors, fancy work-so have some experience with this sort of thing- and that table is a really nice piece of work.
Look at the details- like the legs-notice there is not a wave or ripple on the curves, even with high gloss? That takes a lot of effort and skill. A truly fair curve is a thing of beauty. The metal work is beautiful!
You should be very proud of that and I expect the owner will feel it is worth every dime of the 45K.
 

Bondo

Hot Rolled
Joined
May 14, 2011
Location
Bridgeton NJ
That looks like a huge amount of time. I have a love/hate relationship with those kinds of jobs. Love to bid them, hate to work them.

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cyanidekid

Titanium
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Jun 4, 2016
Location
Brooklyn NYC
That looks like a huge amount of time. I have a love/hate relationship with those kinds of jobs. Love to bid them, hate to work them.

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you love to bid them? whats wrong with you! :D I love to forget all about them...
 

Bill D

Diamond
Joined
Apr 1, 2004
Location
Modesto, CA USA
Purists will complain the legs should have been one piece carved out of tree roots that grew in that shape. That is how ship ribs used to be made. Of course that would add years looking for the right tree branches.
Excellent work. My brother made a nice dining table with marble top. He will leave it behind when he moves.
Bill D
 

metalpyro

Aluminum
Joined
Nov 10, 2017
Location
Sacramento
Excellent Job!!! Your passion for metalcrafting is reflected in the finished product, for sure. I'm sure the 100 hours you say don't include the hours of what I call "Brain Time" before the first time you put pen to paper?

I take the same kind of jobs mainly for the challenge. I hate bidding these projects, I would rather do T&M since the details usually can't be completely figured out early on.

You're probably your own worse critic also. You expect more out of yourself than any customer expects. It's a curse, man, but it's not a character flaw.

I say again, Excellent Job!!!
 








 
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