|Project by ChuckV||posted 10-03-2013 06:11 PM||1135 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
I’ve been on a bit of a pedestal table run. After my first one (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/88708), 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.
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