Shaker In Form But Not In Content

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Project by ChuckV posted 10-03-2013 06:11 PM 1220 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been on a bit of a pedestal table run. After my first one (, I made a second one out of cherry. I felt that the second one was a little better than the first, so what could I do but give it one more try?

I wanted this one to be different. I asked myself, “Using the same form, what can I do by just varying the wood species used?” I decided to try creating the pedestal from black walnut with a maple core. A square core would have probably been easier, but there are three legs on the table, not four. I made the maple core have a cross-section of an equilateral triangle.

I glued three pieces of black walnut to the outside of the maple core.

I removed the triangle’s vertices on my bandsaw to get a piece with a roughly hexagonal cross-section. This is the piece that I started with on the lathe.

I was concerned that the three peaks where the core appears would not end up at the same location along the length of the pedestal. Then I realized that as long as I mount the rough piece on the lathe so that the axis of rotation goes through the center of the triangle, it should work out. As I worked on the pedestal, it was very satisfying to see the lighter wood begin to appear and to see that things lined up as I had hoped.

I made the legs from maple. I re-sawed the pieces and glued black walnut veneer in the center before cutting the legs to shape.

I installed the legs at the vertices of the triangular core of the pedestal.

The table top is also black walnut and maple with the addition of some bloodwood.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#1 posted 10-03-2013 06:19 PM

Nice idea and nicely done! the Shakers would approve – ornamentation only within the form without changing a perfect design.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 10-03-2013 07:42 PM

Very nicely done, and quite attractive.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 10-03-2013 08:01 PM

I am liking this!
Neet idea for the turning (maple surrounded by the walnut)
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 10-03-2013 10:14 PM

This is so cool…love the contrast…..excellent work…great photos and descriptions !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 10-04-2013 12:54 AM

Very Nice! I love the design.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 10-04-2013 02:08 AM

Beautiful! I love the contrasting woods, I have been doing the same (using contrasting woods to create visual impact) though not to the degree of skill that you have done. Keep up the great work and thanks for posting.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#7 posted 10-04-2013 04:12 AM

chuck it looks like that old lathe is really treating you good.table looks good nice job good day to you

-- Punk in PA

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#8 posted 10-04-2013 10:52 AM

Wow very nicely done…beautiful woods and great turning…great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 10-04-2013 07:00 PM

Beautiful table! Great design and great technique. Like the attractive wood combo and finish. Great work!

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#10 posted 10-08-2013 11:41 AM

Very slick. Really like those wood combos, and design

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 10-08-2013 11:54 AM

Solid! Love the two toned wood. Wish I had a lathe. Kudos chuck!

-- M.K.

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#12 posted 10-08-2013 12:42 PM

Thank you for all the kind comments.

Mark - LJ member Scott made a beautiful pedestal table with hand tools only. This includes the pedestal! Here is the post:

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#13 posted 10-08-2013 01:24 PM

This is a nice clean table and you’ve done a fine 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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#14 posted 10-12-2013 07:52 PM

I love it!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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