Doing this as a side business will frustrate you and burn you out if you do it with any regularity. Anytime I feel frustrated with the workload, I know it's time to put the brakes on everything for a week or two. My exposure so far is enough to convince me that I dont think i would want to do this for 40+ hours a week. I love woodworking, but meeting deadlines, expectations etc. really sucks sometimes. Like those times when you want to enjoy your weekend, but instead you spend 16 hours cramming in two normal weekends of work so you can get the tables to the cabinet shop on Wednesday for him to finish the pieces, so the contractor can pick them up on Friday to install them in the restaurant before the weekend. Or, when you have a long crap day at the office on Monday, and the interior designer you work with called to tell you their measurements were off, which means the approved CAD you did was off, which means you need to get home at 6:30 from your day job,pack up your gear, drive 35 mins to a $800k house to extend three routed recesses 2 inches. Oh, and did she mention her contractor scratched the top of the island after he picked it up? Good thing you came prepared to sand out a scratch and apply another coat of finish...get home after 10 and eat something light before going to bed and heading back to the office. This is a snippit of the last two weeks of income woodworking for me.
Maybe i was overly dramatic, but it can be a fair amount to juggle with a normal job. Im at the point now, where I wont take on additional work for possibly all of july. I know you think you would hate bending wire into Mother of the Bride, but if it makes you $30,000 in a year, would you still hate it? Heck, do it for a year and outfit your shop with whatever you want and be done with it. If the end goal is "money for shop", why not do the most profitable thing with your time to achieve that goal? Im all for producing income through the craft. I enjoy making things better/faster/easier with my current setup compared to trying to cut dovetails with a coping saw and using a circular saw as a primary means of ripping. It was futile and frustrating, so I did something about it by making the equivalent of your wedding coat hangers. Producing income has deeply immersed me in the craft, more so than if i never decided to sell things. Good luck with landing the furniture gigs. I think you will find you end up producing/selling something along the lines of a farm house table instead of a maloof rocker.
Advice from Marc was to sand it to a higher grit... he may have also said something about a coat of shellac, I have to check my notes. I have a few other curved mistakes pieces that I can test the finishing process with.