50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #40: A pair of pedestal servers - BIG pedestal servers

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 09-20-2019 08:15 PM 310 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I received a commission for a pair of pedestal servers. Big pedestal servers. The client wanted 16” diameter platters, and ~11” tall pedestals. He and his partner host elaborate drinks and appetizer parties, and these will be the centerpieces of their table.

I learned quite a bit during this project. – Build in a hollow / dado on the inside of your blank when you are going to drill it out; it took forever to drill the first pedestal, but I left a space in the glue up for the second pedestal, and drilling went much better – Don’t go so thin. I tend to want to get thin, but can quickly run into trouble when I get a catch and then need to take off more material. This happened on the first platter, and I compounded it by trying to get the second platter just as thin, instead of leaving a little more material cushion. The two servers didn’t need to be identical, just similar, so I could have cut myself a little slack there. – Think through how you are going to keep things mounted and centered. I knew this, but didn’t think it through well enough on the first pedestal, and ended up mounting and remounting several times, which led to wobble and rework. – Build a full scale mock up. I sized both pedestal blanks to be 11” tall. I turned the first pedestal, with a nice bead detail, set a platter on it, and immediately realized it was both too tall and to thick at the top. I texted a photo to the client and he agreed. So, I had to cut down and rework the pedestal, losing the bead. And, I wasted some material on the blanks. If I had mocked up with some cardboard or foam core, I could have scaled the design properly.

Overall, it was a rewarding project and the client is thrilled, which is the most important thing :)

White oak with Clapham’s Salad Bowl Finish. 16” diameter platters, 8” high pedestals, 8” diameter at the bottom.

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