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Forum topic by Jaredcf posted 09-08-2014 08:54 PM 1502 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2014 08:54 PM

I am a very green, new woodworker. My woodworking skills have been very basic, but Im learning. I have been sarching about how to make square pedestal table bases.(Possibly my terminiology is worded wrong) Does anyone have a guide on how this is done? I havent been able to find out how to do it yet.

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#1 posted 09-09-2014 04:19 AM

They are often glued from 4 pieces of wood and hollow in the center.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 09-09-2014 04:28 AM

jared those are made from many pieces put together. it’s like a puzzle with 4 pieces with a rod through the middle and some glue to hold it all together. if you can visualize each section of the legs are another layer.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 12:48 PM

I’m in the same process of looking for direction in building a similar type of leg. Please share with us if you find anything. I saw this clamp up for a solid base on one site ( Here’s another sample of a solid base (

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#4 posted 09-20-2014 09:14 PM

I figured it was four pieces made to look like one solid leg, I wasn’t sure of that. I also was curious, how do you get the design? Is it cut in with a band saw, or is it something you have to do with a CNC machine?

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#5 posted 09-20-2014 10:57 PM

Those are refectory tables. The bases were
carved out of solid logs in the old days.

You can search the term and see a lot of less
dramatic styles that will be easier to figure out
than the one you have pictured.

In terms of getting the bulge in the middle, you
can bandsaw or pattern rout the shape out
of narrow stock and glue up a blank at least
3” thick. Then cut the miters, glue it up
and refine the shape by hand. In a production
setting it’s probably done on a carving machine.

Once the middle bulge is made, route out
a square rabbet top and bottom and put
a piece of plywood in there. Then make
the rest of the hollow legs and you can use
screws going into the plywood on the ends
of the middle part. After that attach mitered
mouldings to make it look the way you want.

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