Window Shopping:: Custom Dining Tables

While purchasing a new dining room table is not exactly a priority in our house right now, my casual little visit to the Restoration Hardware outlet, along with poking into Arhaus, Ethan Allen, Jordan’s Furniture and Pottery Barn lately, has me thinking hard about this purchase that looms in our future.
I saw many a gorgeous table, well made and built to last, at these stores (I absolutely loved this one at Arhaus, and one of my BFs just bought this beauty).  But I also saw pieces of furniture that are not even made with solid wood, and yet fetch thousands of dollars because of the trendy name on the store.  
For kicks, I perused the websites of local furniture companies.
From what I can glean from friends and some of these sites, prices on a custom-made table are comparable to the RH tables and Arhaus tables I have been lusting after.  They are not cheap, because the tables are custom built and finished, but in the end you are purchasing exactly what you want.   How I would love to buy a fine piece of furniture made in America by a true craftsman.  
Just look at these gorgeous tables – some of them are truly works of art!
{Staples // Massachusetts}
{eCustom Finishes // Massachusetts}
{Homestead Tables // Rhode Island}
{Art By Harris // Connecticut} – love the bowtie joints!
{Good Wood Tables // Maine}
{Cottage Maine Home // Maine}
{Cottage Maine Home // Maine}
Most of these companies don’t post prices on their websites, but a couple of them allow you to choose options and give you an estimate.  After choosing options on three different tables, estimates for my dream table were $2800, $3360 and $4350.  
Um, yeah.  Did I mention that in 4 short years my eldest goes off to college?  Followed the next year by his sister, and two years later by their brother???  
Maybe someday I will have a fine piece of furniture custom made, but not this time around!
Have you ever had a piece of furniture made by a local craftsman?

Join me tomorrow for Craigslist options for dining tables….you won’t believe some of the affordable beauties out there!