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Forum topic by TheWoodsmith posted 07-07-2010 07:35 AM 926 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2010 07:35 AM

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I’m looking at utilizing one of Rockler’s Pre-Fab pedistal sets for my family’s new dining room table. The Mrs. is pretty set on having a single pedistal design. The question is this folks, what diameter table can I comfortably build off of a single pedistle 48’’? possibly larger? If anyone has any experience with these pedistals i’d like to hear what you were able to pull off with ‘em. Anybody have 2 cents?

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#1 posted 07-07-2010 07:37 AM

A link or a photo might help.

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 07:42 AM here is a link to the specific products i’m looking at i plan on ordering one of the 8’’ Colonial pedistal bases in QSWO. with the accompanying feet

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#3 posted 07-07-2010 03:28 PM

I think the real question is how far the legs stick out from the pedestal. From your post I can’t tell if you are also buying the legs from Rockler or making your own. I’ve heard a rule of thumb that the legs should extend from the center of the table 80% of the radius of the table.

Example – 48” diameter = 24” radius. 80% of 24 is 19.2. For a 48” table the legs should extend 19.2” from the center of the table (not from the side of the pedestal).

I think there is some “wiggle room” in this rule. You could be a little over or under.

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#4 posted 07-07-2010 10:23 PM

Thats what i’m looking for richgreer, a formula or something! i agree there i was planning on buying my legs from rockler so i’ll look into the length of them if i have to make them myself to get a wider stance or whatever then i suppose i will. Thanks for the info

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 05:12 AM

a plain 8 sided pedestal is easy to make and cheap. a 22 1/2 degree champer bit in a router table will cut perfect fit angles every time. biscuit join and glue. our table is 42 ” wide by 84 ” long. i use a 8 ” diameter pedestals [2] and 12 ” long feet. the pedestals are joined with a strecher. boards 3 3/8’ wide will make a 8’’ diameter pedestal.

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