Maloof style pedestal table

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Project by gashley posted 06-01-2015 12:55 AM 896 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Latest in the furniture for my son’s first apartment.

This is a 42” semi round cherry pedestal table. It’s a Maloof style base with legs that are dadoed into a central column. The legs are 3 pieces that are doweled together at 45 degree miters. The 1/2” dowels are then pinned with 1/8” brass rod to hold the joint firm. The leg shape was first formed on a 1/2” piece of MDF then used to template route the legs to shape. A little profile routing and shaping with rasps and files led to the final shape. The back of the legs were routed to form a tenon the length of the leg and then into a matching dado in the center of a 3×3 column. More shaping and sanding to smooth the legs into the column. For extra strength, Maloof used to route grooves on the bottom of the legs across the column to create an “X” that is filled with a half lap of maple and then is screwed into the legs. Wood plugs over the screws then more shaping.

The top is some nice 5/4 figured cherry. Glued up to a 42” square. I then did an “arc” on each side by creating a template that curved from the center and down 2” on each corner to give a slight curve to each edge. It makes for a nice shape for the top. That eliminates the sharp corners and fits into a small apartment better.

Since it’s Maloof style table, I finished with four coats of Maloof poly/oil finish and then two coats of oil/wax. Rubbed out with steel wool and a final coat of paste wax.

Now on to the four chairs to go with it.

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 06-01-2015 02:12 AM

Sooo Very COOL! I love modern furniture and Sam Maloof’s work is incredible. Your son will use and cherish this piece for many years!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 06-01-2015 03:30 AM

Nice job!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#3 posted 06-01-2015 12:57 PM

Sharp looking table. You did a nice job, wood selection, construction and finish.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 06-01-2015 01:38 PM

Really nice; lucky son to have a dad with talent.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#5 posted 06-01-2015 03:55 PM

Very nice. That should look great next to the cinder block tv stand. Just Kidding


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#6 posted 10-27-2015 03:15 AM

Table is great too. Lucky son. I restored a hundred year old table for my son this year. Will post pictures soon, he is still trying to find chairs, they won’t be coming from me

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 04:13 PM

Gary, this really turned out beautifully.

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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