Ash Pedestal Table

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Project by willhathaway61 posted 07-29-2010 01:44 AM 2048 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is made from 100% solid ash. The top is just under 2” thick and measures 42” x 84” closed and 120” with 2 leaves. The legs began as a core of 5 1/2” square posts then laminated with the components creating the classic profile. Total weight of the table is estimated about 300lbs. This was the first project of this style and I really enjoyed building it. More pictures can be seen at my website.

Thanks :-)

-- Will Hathaway

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 01:47 AM

Very nice, to say the least. I like the massiveness of the posts. Great work.

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 01:51 AM

Wow, that was a quick comment. lol Thanks for the comment. The widest part of the post is 9”. My customer wanted big, bulky, and to look like it was reclaimed wood. I used the old school vinegar and steel wool to stain it. It really brought out the grain of the ash.

-- Will Hathaway

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 02:27 AM

Wow thats a great looking table really good for first try. Have you got pics of the procedure? Would be interested in how the post were done…..................................Schloemoe

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 02:31 AM

I like the bulky pedestals as well. It looks good from this angle, but I’d like to see how the top turned out. And does the leaf hide under the tabletop? It looks like something is going on under there.
Okay, fine. I’ll check out your website. Just this one time. I’m kidding, cheers!

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 04:17 AM

Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#6 posted 07-29-2010 04:44 AM

Awesome Table. I Have made a few tables and I know they can be a challenge. You did a great job.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 07-29-2010 07:37 AM

Thanks for the comments. Wasn’t my first table, just first one this style. The leaves don’t hide inside the table, wasn’t room.

-- Will Hathaway

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#8 posted 07-29-2010 08:12 AM

Fantastic work, looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 07-29-2010 01:32 PM

Very robust!
You got the result your customer asked for.

I hope those solid legs don’t crack. Most of the tables with legs like that have hollow legs.
When I do large figures like that I always start with a hollow figure. The solid core won’t contract at the same rate as the outer parts.


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#10 posted 07-29-2010 02:20 PM

Nice mass, makes it looks like it would last forever. Beautiful.

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#11 posted 07-29-2010 02:26 PM

I saw your site and the build-up, but don’t see how you did the posts to ge tthe curves and trim on there. Can you explain in a little more detail about how you did this?

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#12 posted 07-29-2010 02:59 PM

WoW… This is exactly what my wife has asked for…. any way you could help explain the process~!

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#13 posted 07-29-2010 03:37 PM

Having the knights over for dinner, I see….

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#14 posted 07-29-2010 06:41 PM

LOL @ BarryW I thought the same thing when the customer showed me pictures of what she wanted.

As far as the process, I had taken pictures with my phone but had it crash when I was updating software (if you have the iphone, think twice about upgrading to ver 4.0). Anyway, I lost many pictures. What I basically did was start with the solid post core then with the curved part of the profile, I used 2×3” blocks cut to the length needed, then cut the curves on the bandsaw. I then glued and nailed one side at a time and did a lot of sanding with my random orbital and some 60 grit to smooth them out. On the upper and lower parts of the profile that aren’t curved, I just cut pieces across the grain and used the router to make the 45deg bevels. I hope that makes sense. I’m still trying to recover the pics off my phone and if there are any that clarify, I’ll post them. Thanks again for the comments. :-)

-- Will Hathaway

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#15 posted 07-29-2010 10:50 PM

Like the style – did a similar design a couple years back but made the leaves fit at each end rather than the center

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