Round Pedestal Dining Table

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Project by DocsDesigns posted 03-14-2021 12:43 PM 678 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed this 60” round poplar pedestal table for a local client, and it was a good way to break in some new equipment.

While I have made these with traditional methods in the past, I recently upgraded to a large CNC cutting table. I wanted to experiment with complete fabrication digitally and play with larger format machining.

I designed a mortised half-lap joint on the top and bottom of the pedestal base. Each piece of the half lap is 4.5×3.5” and a 4.5×4.5” center post has 3.75” tenons on each end to slide into the upper and lower half laps. This was a two sided operation to ensure we could get the proper depth on the large post. Some light mallet work made for a no-glue super strong joint. The angled pieces were cut and then flipped 90-degrees and doweled into the center post.

The top was a single laminated 63” square piece that was machine-flattened (only took about 15 mins per side) and the contour cut.

All in all, a good test of digital design and machine fabrication. Many may not like the use of this type of technology in furniture-making, but it is truly a different, yet valuable skill set. For me, it’s the faster turn-around and the ability to integrate more technology into my shop workflow which is most appealing.

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#1 posted 03-14-2021 01:53 PM

I’m not a big fan of CNC woodworking but it takes as much if not more savvy for that as it does using a router or table saw.
Technology is the answer, like it or not.

btw – a fine looking table

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 03-14-2021 03:41 PM

Definitely a beefy table that should last a a lifetime. Nice job!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#3 posted 03-14-2021 04:17 PM

Great looking table.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 03-19-2021 01:46 AM

Nice looking table. Simple, to the point

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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