I've been working on custom furniture for a client and want to give you some tips. Hardwood is expensive. You don't need to use hardwood for the entire piece. There's lots of good alternatives that are cost effective to use behind the scenes. For instance, in the latest buffet that I worked on, I used a high grade birch plywood and then did the faces in a beautiful hardwood. The piece looks like it was made from all top grade hardwood, but the budget was respected. Also, it doesn't weigh a ton - so it's easy to move. I had my stain master from General Paints help me out with the finish so it really looks one of a kind. We went with a quartz countertop to give it durability and great aesthetics. What do you think?