Originally Posted by teddieriley
Anyone know why a "real" Saarinen side table in marble costs about $750 while a walnut veneer has a $400-$600 mark up on top of that!? I mean sheez, it's a walnut veneer. I would have thought the marble top would have cost more.
Walnut can be a very expensive and highly figured wood. Proper veneering is incredibly expensive and the realm of serious craftsmen only. The reason for this is that you often can't get solid pieces of truly beautiful hardwood of sufficient size to build a piece of furniture. A gorgeous walnut burl may only be measured in inches in width and length. But sliced carefully, pattern matched and jointed, it can cover your relatively plain hardwoods used for the construction of the furniture quite nicely.
Are you associating hardwood veneers with plastic laminates like Formica put over MDF?
For most furniture, I'd take hardwood veneer over hardwood over marble.
Granted, I don't know anything about this particular example you are referencing, so I can't tell you whether or not the walnut veneer is worth the price.