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  1. I built these a few years ago. They are each 5' wide, and 10 ft tall. The frames are DF. They are drawbored and wedged mortise and tennon. I cut the tennons with a ryoba saw, and boy was it fun. The rabbeted boards are cedar. We were originally planning on using strap hinges, but switched to sliding hardware. I didn't bother changing the diagonal braces. I also did not install them.
  2. The Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia also has lots of Nakashima.
  3. Been there. Bucks County has some beautiful countryside. If you're in the area, the Mercer Museum and the Wharton Esherick museum are also worth checking out.
  4. I applied lots of it when I was employed by a GC a while ago. It was used on a fairly pricey net zero energy home. The stuff we had was sort of chalky on WRC. It wasn't bad looking, but it wasn't exactly clear either. It was very easy to apply. I have no idea about long term durability.
  5. Technically, we could also call it an Arts and Crafts table.
  6. You should talk her into a Barnsley Hay Rake Table instead. Tell her it is the real deal. It is the big daddy all the other rustic tables wish they could be. I'd love to build one. Someday I will. Don Weber built one for PWW a while back, and Mike Pekovich built one for FWW. Drool.
  7. 1- There are several formulas you might use. In the end, things are worth what people will pay for them. Check out what other people are charging for similar things. Since you aren't trying to make a living doing this, start out with a high price and lower it over time. 2-They find you, not the other way around. Your job is to become discoverable.-You need some kind of portfolio to show what you can do. Read about various forms of online marketing and sales. Even if you are only selling locally, there is a decent chance people will find you online. A website will be helpful.
  8. Thanks Mike and Bleedinblue for the compliments. Bleedinblue, I do think about wood movement. I own 3 moisture meters. Mike, In my neck of the woods I'd estimate that using those species would add at least $300 to total cost for a 6' table. It's not huge amount when spread out over the life of the table. I've tried to explain differences to people about softwoods and hardwoods. I usually end up talking about the Janka scale. Then People get bored and they stop responding. I think some people are shocked to find out that not all wood costs the same. The other reason I t
  9. Thank you all for the kind words. The stuff I use is all commonly available construction grade lumber. I do try and pick the best stuff which can require some effort. I use 4x4's for legs, and 2x10's for tops. I make sure it is dry enough to use. I also treat it the same way that anyone would treat pricey hardwood. I process it with a jointer, planer, table saw, handplanes etc etc. Once you've made everything flat, straight, square, and removed the rounded corners it's just like any other woodworking project. I'd like to argue a few other points. I'd say the rustic fad is good for
  10. I make and sell rustic furniture , and I do my best to make it well. I use Mortise and tenon where I can, and no pocket screws. Not that I have anything against pocket screws for the right application. I've been woodworking for over ten years, and I take it pretty seriously. I agree that there are lots of people that build in this style that use bad techniques. Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinions regarding styles. In the end, I build what people will pay me to build. This just happens to be a style that is popular at the moment.I'd like to work with hardwoods more, but many peopl