One of my co-workers asked me to build an entryway table for her; she really left it wide open for me to pick the design and size. In some ways she was the ideal client, in that she basically let me build whatever I wanted, in other ways this was pretty nerve wracking, I wanted to build something that she’d like, with very little input from her.
This is what I came up with; made out of walnut and cherry, and finished with Minwax tung oil and polyurethane, as well as a coat of some homemade beeswax paste. If I could do it over, I’d make the main table support angled, rather than vertical; in my original sketches I planned for an angled support but when faced with chiseling out multiple angled mortises, I chickened out and made it vertical.
I was paid $500 to make this; we agreed on the price beforehand, so I knew what sort of budget I had for wood. Overall, there is about $400 worth of wood in the table so with 30 hours of work I made very little, especially when you figure in finishing supplies, shop supplies etc.
Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario