"How long will it take?"
Any large item typically takes between 2-3 weeks depending on the project. Smaller items can be done in 1-2 business days.
"What's the difference in soft vs hardwoods?"
It's similar to egg substitutes vs. real eggs. Yes, they both taste like eggs and most people can't tell the difference but the real eggs are much better for you (durable) and they will last longer in your stomach (family).
"What if I don't have the means to pick it up?
Don't worry, I can deliver.
"Why does it cost ___ when I can go to the store and get one for ___?"
The short answer: You are paying for the quality craftsmanship of an individual instead of some machine in China producing poor quality items by a multi-billion dollar company.
"Is there a deposit required?"
Yes. Since this is custom furniture to fit your every need, 50% of the quote is due in advance to ensure both parties are committed.
"I don't really like the idea of a deposit, do I have to?"
The short answer? No, you don't have to. You could go to IKEA and pay full price upfront for something that may or may not work for you and definitely break in a year or two. For the services I provide, and many other like me, a deposit is very much standard practice. It confirms both parties express interest.