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I don't usually do this, but a customer asked for a 22" x 80" wood top for a kitchen island. They are asking for 5/4 thick. My thought was a good closed grain wood, but can a more open grained with filler be used? The finish will likely be post catalyzed lacquer or conversion varnish. Also, not really sure how to price this, very different than pricing my furniture. Is there some sf price you work from? My shop is in a suburb outside NYC. Thanks for any help.
A top that size can be gotten from Ikea for about a hundred dollars. Or... you can sell a big deal and charge ten times that amount.
First, no filler
You can use whatever wood you/they want for a kitchen island. I usually prefer a little thicker myself, but 5/4 will do the trick. I'm not a fan of filled finishes, but if that's the look they want, then by all means.
The first thing you needs to do is find out what type of wood top they want. Rustic? Modern and clean? Light or dark? Then find out what type of use they need it for? Then you can choose a finish. I've used several finishes and always choose the finish to suit the specific project.
I think you're right in some extent but there are lots of other things that should also be considered while looking for a resolution.
I generally just buy a top from Grizzly for stuff like this. If color grade maple is acceptable, it is hard to beat the price and quality. I'm local, so that reduces the cost even more for me.
Thank you all for the good advice. I think my price was a bit too high for my client, but you never know if this will be something for the future. Best
Two thoughts for the future...
Second, fasten it in a manner that will allow movement. One technique is using screws that are in slots so the screws can slide with shrinkage or expansion. The more you can make the edges free to move, the better...fasten it more in the center of the width, as width movement is going to be the issue, not length movement.
Your client probably did not realize that.you get what you pay for". Too bad.