Ambrosia Maple Pedestal Table

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Project by English posted 10-02-2014 01:33 AM 2265 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to build her a new dinning room table that was only 36” wide, she wanted it oval. The finished table is 36” x 45” with two 12” leaves. The pedestal is made from 12/4 soft maple. The top and leaves are made from 4/4 Ambrosia Maple. I chose boards that were very lite with ambrosia, just enough to offer some contrast and character.
The 12/4 maple was just about all my 1.75 hp Saw Stop could handle. Cut the wedges at 22.5 degrees.

Glued the wedges up into a octagon clamping with strap clamps.

Mounted the octagon in the lathe and tuned and sanded center column.

The legs were cut from the 12/4 maple at the band saw then drilled for mounting bolts and leveling feet.

The apron was made by re-sawing a 3 1/2” board into 3/32” boards.

I build it up with the 3/32 boards until I had 3/4” then glued and bent it around a form.

The apron was cleaned up on the jointer and made parallel at the table saw

Then the apron was attached using pocket holes with the guide hole drilled out 3/32” larger than the shaft of the pocket screws. I read a Fine Woodworking Article That said pocket holes would offer enough expansion for table tops below 30” if the shaft hole in the pocket is drilled out larger than the screw shaft and just snugged up, not real tight.

The apron leaves and the tops where assembled, pinned, and latched. The slides were attached.

The table was assembled and adjusted.

The table was then sanded and finished with a wash of mineral spirits and 8 coats of wipe on poly.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#1 posted 10-02-2014 01:40 AM

Incredibly beautiful table!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#2 posted 10-02-2014 02:19 AM

Thats super nice, Great job!! How long did it take you and how much do you think you having in it ? I read you comment about you Saw Stop, I have same size motor. Have you consistered upgrading to the 3hp. I think it’s around $500.00 for everything. I hope to replace it early next year.

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#3 posted 10-02-2014 02:24 AM

Absolutely beautiful. That is one hefty base.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at

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#4 posted 10-02-2014 02:29 AM


About 40 hours, and $300.00. The 12/4 maple was 3.75 a board foot. Had to buy the slides, hardware and poly.

As for the saw stop motor, I like it at 1. 75 hp. My brother had a 5 hp delta, he got a piece of 1/4” plywood in a bind one day and it threw it at him. Almost killed him. I like being able to stall the motor when I make dumb mistakes.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#5 posted 10-02-2014 02:44 AM

Very nice English. How did you flatten your table top? And at what stage of the project? I’m in the middle of a table build and I have done a primary and secondary planning/sanding. Not sure if I should have left it till last. Thanks

-- Mark

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#6 posted 10-02-2014 02:53 AM


I glued up the 4 panels, the widest was 23”, I flatten the panels with my 24” drum sander. I did it before installing the apron.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#7 posted 10-02-2014 10:37 AM

Many thanks for such an in-depth very clear blog of the procedures. That resulted in a truly MAGNIFICENT piece, that will certainly be past down to generations.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#8 posted 10-02-2014 11:33 AM

Great looking Table! Quite a project a lot of work that turned out beautiful, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 10-02-2014 12:34 PM

What a display of craftsmanship! Stunning work!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 10-02-2014 02:03 PM

John this is a beautiful piece. You’ve done such a nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 10-02-2014 05:17 PM

What a great table, I love this wood and really need to make something with this wood. 40 hours impressive. I would have guessed longer. Great work on the lathe as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 10-02-2014 05:19 PM

That looks better than anything you could ever go out any buy!

Beautiful work!!!

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#13 posted 10-02-2014 07:19 PM

Impressive….. the others said the rest. Thanks for posting all the picts!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#14 posted 10-02-2014 11:26 PM

Love it. Not much more I can add besides my admiration and thanks for adding high-quality pics of this high-quality table.

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#15 posted 10-02-2014 11:58 PM

Absolutely beautiful.


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