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post #1 of 8 Old 10-22-2016, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Potential customer..

I've built a few pieces for myself and decided I would try to sell to others. So I'm trying to figure out the gray area of the customer really wants.

I quoted this coffee shop a bar height lap top table, but it was too expensive. I think over thought it.

I see stuff like this a lot. I sent a photo to the potential customer and they liked it.

Is this just lumber store quality pine? Are they wire wheeling the top and then staining it?

The underside wasn't stained, aren't these going to move?

(I live in Utah and it it super dry out here)

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-22-2016, 06:04 PM
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Looks like plain ol' pine from the photo. With the wood being inside, there should be a minimum of movement, I would think unless they open the doors for a long time. But with low humidity of your area, shouldn't be a problem. Others who live in the West might have experiences they would share.
We have a Mexican restaurant in town that built their own booths and tables. Plywood and 2X4s with a scorched exterior and clear poly.
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You have to understand the owner of the shop looks at it like something to vandalize carving initials in the top and such so quality isn't what they are looking for. They just want something cheap to get the job done so when you bid you have to think of any shortcut you can take to lower the price. If it were me I would ask the customer if you could use pine plywood and seam it end to end to get the length.

What is pictured just looks like SPF construction grade lumber.
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Thanks for your replies

I was going to go with nice plywood at first. They want laptops and this top would be horrible for mice. It's so bumpy. I could make the top fairly flat by jointing / planing each piece or using a belt sander on the entire thing but it's going to move a bit after installation.

My first thought was to use 3/4" walnut plywood with stained adler as the wrap. Each piece of 4*8 sheet of walnut is $140. They wanted a dark finish. I could also buy pine plywood and stain it.

I will weld the supports and legs. I just need a table top.

I think $500 ish for a piece in the photo (including metal work) is fair to cheap. That's about what I quoted. (8ft long, 42 inches tall, 18 - 20 inches deep). I don't think I can go much cheaper.

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-22-2016, 08:14 PM
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find a cut off glu lam beam

To save you the "agony" of gluing a whole bunch of Pine or Fir 2 X's, a glu lam beam would look just great. They come in 3 1/2" widths which would have a heavy table top look:
http://www.anthonyforest.com/ewp/2400f.shtml


LVL beams are another option:
http://www.lencobuffalo.com/product-p/el1112.htm

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The top has been sand blasted and torched...
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Nice, how do you finish burnt wood?

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Treat it the same as any other......
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