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Woodscapes

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08-29-2017 01:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: trestle base square turning pedestal table table base jig router bandsaw

I have a customer who has requested a base that is similar to the Restoration Hardware Salvage wood Trestle base. I have searched high a low with no success on how these bases are made. Any and all pieces of advise is greatly appreciated!!


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Loren

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#1 posted 08-29-2017 01:45 AM

For just the one, parts can be built up of
moldings applied to a square column. The
sweeping part in the middle will be a challenge
and you’ll probably have to carve the profile.

With considerable care the profile can be
wasted-out on a radial arm saw using a molding
head.

The profile could also be made up in thinner
sections using a pattern-routing technique
and glued-up after shaping to the profile,
then mitered and applied to the column.

Restoration Hardware is in a position to exploit
cheap labor in 3rd-world countries and my
bet is it was basically made that way.

Turned bases can be had from sources like
this one.

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#2 posted 08-29-2017 03:14 PM

If the picture was taken at another angle, it would show a lot more detail than it does. The caption in the pictured does state “Turning”, so it was put on a lathe at some point.

What I see is the base was made from a center piece about 4” square, then gluing up some more wood to turn the bulbous area, leaving some of the original 4?” square to mount the top arm supports, the legs and the bottom piece under the bulb. Those pieces look like they were routed and then applied to give it the look that you see. If the picture was rotated just 45 degrees, you could pretty much figure out how it was done without guessing.

That link Loren posted shows a base for under 300 dollars. Back in ‘83, I made a similar base in Pecan wood, but the cost for the wood was more than the asking price of this table base shown. Times have really changed. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 08-30-2017 04:04 AM

Looks like a bandsaw project to me. Cut 4 sides and miter around a central post; half-lap the feet (and “arms”):

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#4 posted 08-30-2017 01:50 PM



Looks like a bandsaw project to me. Cut 4 sides and miter around a central post; half-lap the feet (and “arms”):

- jerryminer

If the original picture was oriented the same way as your post, no one would be guessing how it was done. ............. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#5 posted 08-30-2017 01:59 PM

Little help!
https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod5890018&categoryId=cat6050005

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#6 posted 08-30-2017 02:20 PM

Ok, not it’s clear as a bell. What jerryminer said. Piece of cake project. I’m wondering why their picture has a caption that says a “hand turned pedestal leg”...... Jerry (in Tucson?

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#7 posted 08-30-2017 02:26 PM

I wanna see the guy “hand turn” a square leg

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#8 posted 08-30-2017 03:13 PM

I believe the pedestal was “turned” in a file box. Please see my blog entry • Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2: To the File Box! The music stand below was “turned” in this same file box … round on the ends … square-ish  in the middle.
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#9 posted 08-30-2017 04:17 PM



I wanna see the guy “hand turn” a square leg

- doubleG469

He may be sawing these out of solid timbers, so once he cuts the first two sides, he turns the timber 90 degrees (by hand) to cut the adjacent sides. ;-)

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#10 posted 08-31-2017 02:49 PM


I wanna see the guy “hand turn” a square leg

- doubleG469

He may be sawing these out of solid timbers, so once he cuts the first two sides, he turns the timber 90 degrees (by hand) to cut the adjacent sides. ;-)

- jerryminer

I’m glad my coffee cup was not anywhere nere my mouth when I read that…. Witty to say the least…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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