Mission Style Pedestal Table #4: Completing the top, putting it all together

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Blog entry by Douglas posted 05-20-2013 01:19 AM 2842 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Base to Top Part 4 of Mission Style Pedestal Table series Part 5: Applying finish and completing the build »

I made a lot of progress this past week. After getting the top together and cut to shape, I fitted it onto the sliders, and attached the tabletop levelers, to see how that would work, and to take a look at it all with the leaf pieces in place…


The table sliders worked smoothly, and the top looks great all together. I then spent some quality time with the smoothing plane, raking light, and card scraper to get the top in final shape…

some tearout…

tearout 98% gone…

I then had to cut the apron pieces. These would have the edges beveled at 22.5°, and then joined and glued together with a 1/4” spline. The apron needs to “float” over the table, so it is just held to the top with table fasteners, except near the split, where they are screwed in to a cleat.

I had to make a jig for the router table to hold the beveled edges flush to the fence when running them through the slot cutter…

With those pieces cut, I could proceed to the assembly. I decided to do both halves at the same time to get one glue up with the band clamp…

After the glue dried, I decided to add another detail to the pedestal. Is a cosmetic addition to each intersection to the pedestal pieces to add a little more interest to the column. But I had to take a 3/4” x 3/4” piece, and do a big 45° bevel 1/4” in on one face. That’s too tiny to safely do on the table saw, so I tilted my band saw table 45°, made the cut, then planed down the rough face. I didn’t have a bevel jig for planing, so i had to make one…

I then just glued those on.

I finished fitting the apron pieces to the leaves by screwing them to a cleat, and then finally attached the top to the base, added the leaves, and finally got to see every part together at last…


OK, so it looks like a table finally. Next up is applying the finish.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 06:52 AM

Great looking table! Can’t wait to see it with the finish on.

-- Robb

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 02:42 PM

Great story – thanks for bringing us along.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 08:11 PM

Nice job on the table. I really like how it looks without the leaves. Great shape.
What finish do you have in mind?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 08:16 PM

Pinto – I’m doing a TransFast dye, Dark Mission Brown, then spraying amber shellac, and a General Finishes top coat to help it stand up to all the whiskey I’m likely to spill on it over the years.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#5 posted 05-20-2013 08:18 PM

Great work on this table. Really nice.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 05-20-2013 08:19 PM

Sounds great! I’ll be watching for the next post.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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