Thread: Oak table
19th Jul 2018, 07:20 AM #16
Are these tables finished with a clear polish or do they have a dark stain washed on first to highlight the grain?
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19th Jul 2018, 10:15 AM #17
The clear polish sometimes gets colour added if Iím aiming at an exact colour a client specifys and itís being steered towards that . This one was mostly natural with a bit of colour later in the job. It was my table for stock and I just make it look what I think is nice at the time . No pressure to get it exactly ďthis or that ď. Itís definitely the way to get the best finish . Having to match colours is not like mixing paint with woodwork, and patina increases difficulty heaps . Being held to a colour sample by someone who doesnít have a clue as to what is going on means they are doing themselves out of the better job . Itís a slight thing and they will probably never know what or why is happening five years later any way . Basically if you let the craftsman do his best and let him be free in his creative approach you get better than trying to steer him and control him. Which occasionally happens. But not much any more . I got a lot better at sorting that out over the years .
19th Jul 2018, 01:20 PM #18Most Valued Member
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And I thought you had been slacking off and doing nothing! A few serious questions Rob, how does the final design get arrived at and do you do detailed drawings before you start? Also how long did it take end to end for the job. I had customers who were selling tables for $10,000 but this is in another league altogether.CHRIS
19th Jul 2018, 08:52 PM #19
The design is drawn up with pencil and paper to scale and emailed to client. Options and any changes worked out from there.
Time taken ? Its around a 75 hour build and polish , spread out over a few months . Price is a little higher than your price but not by much, + 10 %.
I draw up the design and when I get the go ahead I work out all sizes for every part and write that cutting list up on a piece of wood as big as can fit in my pocket .
Its all double checked a couple of ways , mathematically and quickly laying it out on a stick and checking lengths.
Then the pocket size piece of wood is what I take around the workshop to measure and cut wood with. Ive got a nice little collection of these. Nice stuff where I may want to do again, I keep. And stuff Ill never do again, I plane off when I need that mobile phone sized piece of wood again.
I like a trail from plans to the cutting list including the Maths so I can back track and find where I made a mistake if I find one. And double or triple checking from a few ways often turns one up before I cut wood .
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