Pedestal Table for Wedding

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Project by ownafixerupper posted 06-16-2012 01:02 PM 1561 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend’s sister’s wedding happened recently, and I had been requested to build a small pedestal table for a unique portion of the ceremony. Essentially, they wanted to write letters to each other, put them in a sort of time capsule box with a bottle of wine, and open it up a few years from now. Well, they wanted a table to hold said box/wine/letters for their ceremony. The whole ceremony was rustic themed, as well—-and I was told to be as cheap as possible.

Of course, any excuse to make some sawdust ;-)

This was actually probably the most ambitious project I’ve attempted with my novice abilities. Bride would have been perfectly happy with a plywood top and two pieces of plywood forming a vertical X for the legs… but that felt like I wasn’t doing a wedding justice?

First time edge-gluing boards up, first time cutting a circle (on a table saw!). Everything out of cheap pine (not the clear stuff, the cheaper knotty pine for the most part, though some scraps I used may have been the clear stuff), except for the central post, which is mystery Menards 2×4 wood laminated together. I had wanted to dye the top, but I couldn’t control grain reversal well enough (thanks to the forum people who gave some good suggestions, but I still couldn’t get it to come out right), so I ended putting boiled linseed oil on it, followed by some oil-based polyurethane. Which I hate—-brand does matter I’m realizing!

Table top is 24 inches wide, and the whole thing is about 36 inches tall (by request). Makes it a bit awkward to use in a regular house setting, unfortunately. The bride feels bad taking it, because I put so much effort into it. I’d like her to have it, but it may end up in my girlfriend’s hands, which I’m also okay with, especially since she likes to read standing up, and that makes it a reasonable height.

Or it’ll end up back with me and become a one-off pub table in the basement…

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 06:48 AM

that table turned out great. i like it,nice finish

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