Pedestal Farmhouse Table

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Project by Daddypig posted 12-06-2018 04:44 PM 1100 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, a real table!

I made a coffee table as practice for this, a real one. I used these plans from Ana White and modified them to make it look a bit more refined. I also modified the benches, so that they would slide all the way in.

I made this in a corner of my basement and hung plastic furniture covers from the rafters as a dust barrier. It kinda looks like something off of Dexter….lol. I pulled this off with minimal tools and no real shop. If you’re on the fence about taking on bigger projects, just go for it! If a shleb like me can do it, so can you.

Made from:
-Sitka Spruce Studwood
-3 coats of “Poplar” shaded water based polyurethane ($1 per gallon at Habitat for Humanity Restore!)
-total cost $200CAD or so

Tools Used:
-homemade table saw (in pics)
-skill saw
-power drill
-dowel jig
-hand plane
-miter saw
What I learned:

- studwood grade lumber is MUCH better quality than standard and only costs pennies more.
-my furniture dust cover barrier rips far too easily. I need to have thicker plastic….gonna try plastic table cloths from the dollar store.
- I should have let the lumber dry out for a month or so, it shrunk A LOT. I had to re-do parts of the top.

6 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-06-2018 06:16 PM

VERY nicely done! Very solid and sturdy. The will last through the centuries!

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#2 posted 12-07-2018 02:44 AM

That table came out great. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 12-07-2018 11:12 AM

Nice table and benches! They go nicely together. Very similar to the table I built with my daughter for their dining room.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#4 posted 12-07-2018 11:34 AM

A very stylish table set and it looks so well made too. It just goes to show that you don’t need a workshop or fancy tools to make nice stuff, although I doubt the plastic sheeting solution will keep you happy over the long term.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-07-2018 02:13 PM

Nice table and benches, congratulations on your first table. And kudos for doing it with limited tools.
Ana White’s designs don’t always take wood movement into account, which can lead to cracks in the tabletop. I hope that won’t be the case.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 12-08-2018 09:59 AM

Great work-classic design – you can’t miss with that. Perfect professional joinery – I’m happy about such projects, I can learn a lot here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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