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Pedestal Base for Table Top (coves cut on table saw)

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Project by psully posted 01-25-2018 02:00 AM 543 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Furniture dealer near the house was going out of business and we found a 48ā€™ round cherry table that included a well-built top but an awkward base. The base was 18 inches square with four plain posts and a bad design of cross braces. It prevented anyone from placing their legs comfortably under the table. I found some inspiration online and sketched out a simple pedestal base as a replacement. I knew it would be painted black to match an existing set of chairs. I made a square base by gluing up some 8/4 poplar (less than $30 bucks). The feet were made by re-using the legs from the old base. I used a cove jig on the table saw to rough cut the curves and design ā€“ it took about a dozen passes per side on the deeper coves. I had done simple cove cuts before, this required a little more discipline having to duplicate results on four sides. I used a cove cut calculator (online) for the depth and length of the cuts. A lot of finish work with a belt sander smoothed out the imperfections. The feet were cut on the band saw and glued together. Hanger bolts attach the feet to the base. This was easy to level and align with yet another template. I used about every jig, sled, and guide I have for the table saw but it all worked and Iā€™m pleased with the results – nice study table that is comfortable. Finish is two coats of primer/sealer and 2 coats of flat enamel oil-based paint with satin poly for a little extra protection and sheen.





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sras

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#1 posted 01-25-2018 03:16 AM

Nice! The base works very well with the top. Well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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BFamous

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#2 posted 01-26-2018 12:58 PM

You did a great job, this is amazing! I’ve made pedestal bases before but never thought about cutting them like cove moldings on a table saw (I probably don’t have that much patience). Did you consider rough cutting them on a band saw? I ask because that’s how I typically do these and am curious as to the pros/cons of doing it on the table saw.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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psully

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#3 posted 01-26-2018 04:10 PM

BFamous – There’s a simple answer for table saw vs band saw. My band saw does not have the resaw capacity for this height (almost but not quite). With the right blade on a band saw, I suspect it’s a little easier task, however once you have the table saw set up you do get an equal depth/shape on all four sides and it was actually comfortable to work a large, thick piece like this on the table saw with outfeed tables and guides etc….

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#4 posted 01-26-2018 05:15 PM



BFamous – There s a simple answer for table saw vs band saw. My band saw does not have the resaw capacity for this height (almost but not quite). With the right blade on a band saw, I suspect it s a little easier task, however once you have the table saw set up you do get an equal depth/shape on all four sides and it was actually comfortable to work a large, thick piece like this on the table saw with outfeed tables and guides etc….

- psully


Thanks for the reply… That was kind of my guess as to the reason, like most everything else it’s a matter of what tools/options you have and what you are comfortable with… I really do like the concept of treating it like cove molding though. I suspect my next set may now entail a combo of the techniques – start with the band saw for the rough cuts to get rid of the majority of the waste, and then move over to the table saw to refine and ensure equal depths. At worst, that will eliminate a lot of sanding to shape, and at best it means I’m more assured of symmetry in the curves.

Thanks again for a great idea on a new technique!

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#5 posted 01-26-2018 07:31 PM

So massive! It will improve that table indeed.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 03-23-2018 06:24 AM

Nice work!

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