Making a dining room table can be as challenging and and as simple as
you can imagine.
Not really a novice project though.
Buying one doesn't cost as much as the wood would cost should you
decide to make one.
On Feb 1, 1:11 am, Puckdropper <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote:
I want to know why home made stuff is always three times the price,
and takes a ton of time to finish. Yea, it's just the right size,
shape, features and all that, but it's a good thing this is a hobby!
Oh, yes, it does impress your friends when you get it done. That's
On Sun, 1 Feb 2009 09:12:59 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I can make 100 tables much cheaper a piece, than make just one custom
table. When you make all the jigs and setups, it is almost as easy to
make 2 or 3 at a time. Factories buy (wood, glue, finish, hardware)
in quantity and have more sophisticated machines that replace
expensive human labor.
One of my 2009 projects will be a round walnut dining table, 1800's or
Shaker style. I'm not sure of the details yet.
On Feb 1, 11:12 am, email@example.com wrote:
Your comparison is probably not apples to apples. The purchased, low
cost furniture, is likely made from MDF/particleboard with a vinyl
veneer. Factory made in the far east. Home made is likely solid wood
from a native species. If you were to purchase a similar table as you
can make, you would likely pay more than what you have invested. I
think the Moser brand of furniture is similar to what a hobby
woodworker would make, plus or minus. The cost of that brand would
rival your cost. Yet its purchased but not for 1/3 of your home made
Yep, took me 6 years, for example, just to find exactly the blonde hard
wood I wanted. Then it cost me more than an Ikea kit would've :-D
Then again, you never get complimented on an Ikea kit set table.
On one of the home improvement shows a few years ago,they showed people
who sold their homes and what they liked about the home, then the new
owners and their plans for the home (usually two mutually exclusive
opinions). On one of the shows, the elderly lady selling the house proudly
showed off her kitchen and how happy she was with her cabinets. She
crowed, "they come all the way from Sweden." Silly me, I bought the
comment until the new owners came in, and with a sledge hammer made the
comment, "sorry [name], the Ikea cabinets are history.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Been staying in a house while in Austin building another. The house I'm
staying in has "top 'o the line" Ikea cabinets throughout that were
installed about five years ago.
Now, I know a thing or two about cabinets. :)
Thanks, but no thanks!
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