Why are your tables so expensive?
This is a common and logical question. Why should a table cost thousands of dollars? The reason is that every step of the process is very labor intensive and takes large, expensive machinery.
Let us take you through it:
It all start with the right trees. It takes very specific, old trees that need to be removed (due to it already being downed or in danger of falling down). We love trees and only use reclaimed lumber for our tables. The trees we select are also not good for use as dimensional lumber; they are often destined to become fire wood. We specialize in finding and finishing especially unique cuts of lumber. But until you open them up, you really have no idea what sort of coloring, spalting or other unique features it may have.
After that, it takes a 6 foot chain saw mill to cut these massive logs into slabs. The price per slab come out between $200 – $500. These slabs then have to dry for 2 – 3 years to be ready for finishing, or you can spend several hundred dollars to have them dried in a kiln, a process that still takes up to a year. Once the slab has dried to less than 10% moisture, depending on species, it is ready to be finished. We use a CNC Router to plane the slabs on both sides. After that we spend an average of 20 hours sanding the wood, sealing the grain, and filling any holes with epoxy. The epoxy we use costs around $100 a gallon. There is also the dye for the epoxy. Mixing containers, rags, silicone and tape, and boards to secure the epoxy as it is poured. And so much sanding paper.
Finally, depending on the type of wood, we use top grade natural oils such as Osmo, Odie’s or Monocoat and several layers of wax to create that beautiful end product that is truly one of a kind.
A table of this level deserves some equally great legs to go with it. These range in price from $200-$500.
But that’s not all. We also have all the normal costs of running a business, the boring bits. Insurance, electric, payroll, equipment purchases, profit?
Making gorgeous tables is great, but unless people hear about them it won’t do anyone any good. This is not the kind of product that you typically sell to your friends and family; they are not Girl Scout Cookies. We advertise on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to get the word out there but pictures just don’t quite do them justice. To really understand how amazing these pieces are, you have to see them in real life; run you hands across them and feel how smooth they are. To really get people to experience our products we take them to trade shows which average around $2,000 for a space big enough to show off more than 3 of them. There is also the business cards, the brochures, the videos, the website, networking groups, photography, storage, etc…
Is it worth it?
To quote a gentleman who visited our booth at a recent show, “You have to keep doing this, you can’t quit, the world needs this!” The world needs beauty! The world needs excellence!
We’re just doing our part.
Is maintenance hard for these tables?
In a word… No.
Our tables are generally finished for indoor use. We use a high level oil finish, with multiple wax layers for a soft satin finish. The wax hardens over the course of the day after being polished, and protects the table from scuffs, water, and general use. It won’t leave ring marks if you set your coffee, or iced tea down without a coaster.
The great thing about the way we finish the table is that if something does happen to scratch it, or you leave it wet overnight and it stains, re-finishing it is simple. You simply lightly sand it (with 220 grit or higher sand paper) to remove the blemish, and re-coat it with oil, then wax. You don’t need to sand it back down to the bare wood like you would with a polyurethane.
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