Mission Style Pedestal Table #1: Planning the build

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Blog entry by Douglas posted 04-22-2013 07:48 PM 5191 reads 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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After finishing a windows seat/banquette in my kitchen, I needed a table to go in front of it. For the design, I want several things:

- single pedestal
- split top to accommodate leaves
- mission style, qtr sawn white oak
- octagonal top

I’d been hunting around for some plans and ideas, and none were exactly what I wanted. Two sources were…

- plans I’d bought from for a “Mission Dining Table”. It shows great info on making the octagonal top, but the edge profile and the pedestal & feet design are too busy, and a little gaudy for my tastes…

- the current, modern Stickley furniture catalog shows a single pedestal table that has a great looking set of feet & pedestal…

With those two sources as my starting point, I set out to do my design. I had to guess on the base parts, with no measurements. After struggling with all those curved surfaces in Sketchup, I decided to lay it out with full scale drawings, and then a full scale prototype using pine. This process was great, and really helped me figure out how I was going to do the joinery, as well as having something full size to put in the space to determine the exactly table top size, height, etc. So I guess I’m doing the Stickley table with an octagonal top, more or less.

After about seven hours in the shop, I had this in my kitchen…

The size and base shape as prototyped is perfect, but the hight is about 1” too low. I’m glad I went to the trouble to do this. I’ve ordered a pair of equalizer wooden slides and should be able to pick up the lumber next weekend.

Till next time…

-- Douglas in Chicago -, and

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 01:38 AM

I think you did the correct thing by building a proto – table. Now it will pay big dividens. I did not check the height on a Night Stand and it should have been a inch taller.
I like your design and I wish there were more places you could go to find good Arts & Craft Designs for furniture. The designs look simple, but you have be real carful because don’t cover up anything with moldings.
Have Fun building this table.

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