What do I do when a piece I'm working on comes out not-quite-right?
Sometimes I fuss and fuss and fuss with it until I get it right. Sometimes I throw up my hands and sigh and think, "Oh well." This time? I'm selling it.
So this table? It was supposed to come out weathered gray, like the last farmhouse table. But I bought the wood for it at Home Depot this time instead of Lowe's, because my HD usually has straighter lumber. Apparently it's also a different species. (Douglas Fir instead of Hem Fir or Whitewood?) And the species makes a difference in the color of the finish.
A huge difference.
So what was supposed to be a mellow yellowy-gray turned out orangey-brown. And don't get me wrong, orangey-brown will work fine in someone's house.
But not mine.
And this table, this 4-6 person extending to 10-person table, was supposed to be for my house. And we kind of needed it, like, yesterday. Right now we're eating on a card table. And apparently we will be for the foreseeable future.
Up on Craigslist the table went, along with an explanation for they way-too-cheap price for a table this huge and sturdy. My loss is someone else's gain.
I offered it for a price high enough to cover my supplies and an hour or two of my time, but not nearly enough to cover all the time I spent working on it.
Because it just needed to go. I'm down to not much room in my garage and I can't work on the driveway while it's snowing (it's snowing AGAIN!) so I needed to sell the table.
In the meantime, I got this new table saw for Christmas which should make my next farmhouse tables much easier to build (and there are at least three more tables coming up the pipeline -- one for me and two custom orders).
So, what happens when you finish a piece of furniture and it comes out not quite right? Do you shrug and move on? Throw a hammer at the wall? Put it out on the curb and start over again? Building with inexpensive framing lumber definitely makes the not-quite-right pieces a lot less stressful! But sometimes I think that maybe building with more expensive, higher-quality lumber would result in fewer not-quite-rights. Hmmm...