Sculptured Pedestal 48" Diameter Dining Table

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Project by Charles Brock posted 07-15-2012 11:18 PM 5095 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For over eight years I have specialized in making chairs, especially sculptured or Sam Maloof style rockers. During the previous twenty-five years, I built tables, beds and chests. It was very nice to build a table again. Most of my work is in walnut and this is no different. It goes with everything. Stock placement was made using a method I call “juxtapositional diversity”.

The table’s lines remind me of cypress knees that you see sticking out at the creek or river’s edge. The thought was to make a base that looked like a cypress tree trunk. There is a one inch cove at the joint where the four three piece legs attach to the column. This detail gives it a more organic look. The table top has a sculpted “wine glass edge” to give it a lighter look. The miters have small ebony pins in each joint not so much for strength but to add interest. The base is finished with Masterpiece Wood Finish and the top with Waterlox.

You can see more of my work: rockers, chairs, dvd book and pattern plan bundles and classes at my website. You can also see my free internet woodworking magazine show called The Highland Woodworker to see interviews with Brian Boggs, Roy Underhill and much more!

Thanks so much for looking!

-- Charles Brock

11 comments so far

#1 posted 07-16-2012 12:44 AM

Excellent piece and very well built. Also great detail with the jointery of the legs. This piece took time and came out very nice.

-- Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker,Blk Mt NC

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 01:11 AM

Charles, Beautiful table. The leg joinery detail is excellent.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 02:22 AM


Your table is as beautiful as one of your chairs. You need at least two of your low back dining chairs to go with it. I bought your book and plans for the chair from Highland woodworking and I’ve read the book several times and watched the video all the way through several times as well. Right now I’m patiently waiting for some white oak to dry for the first couple of chairs. I’ve got the table top ready and I found some plans in Fine Woodworking magazine that shows a table with legs a lot like yours. Thanks for making your books, DVDs, and templates available. I’m making a table and chair set for my Son’s Christmas gift. He lives in a small apt. in Atlanta and his kitchen table now is a coffee table I made for him.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 02:23 AM

From one Chuck to another Chuck, I must say well done! You mentioned the miters on the legs. Are they just an end grain glue up? I do love the walnut. I believe it is one of my favorite woods to play….. uh, work with. So glad to see something from your shop again. Blessings to you and yours!
Pickpapa~~~~~(a.k.a. Chuck)

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 02:55 AM

Charles your work is beautiful. The lines and proportions on this table are so timeless and almost seamless. It probably has some heft to it, but those flowing legs seem to just softly touch the floor. Wonderful!

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 03:49 AM

Exquisite piece ! Organic yet elegant with some very nice refinements. I’ve never heard of “juxtapositional diversity” but I think I like it !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 08:02 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 07-16-2012 10:30 AM

I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Sam while he was alive, but from everything I’ve read about him, he shared his templates with several people who would make chairs like his. There’s so much sculpting involved after the parts are cut out on the bandsaw, it would be almost impossible to make a direct copy or even make two alike. I’m planning a trip next month to visit Sam’s home and take the tour. Just to see his furniture and get a close look before I start making a dining room set of chairs and a slab table to go with it for my house, a smaller table and two chairs for my son and then I’ve got a bunch of rocking chars to make for close family members. It was tough picking between Hal Taylor, Charles Brock, Bill Kappel, and Scott Morrison to buy plans, templates and dvd’s. From what I’ve seen of the chairs made by people using those plans, they are all fantastic.

Also check out the Highland Woodworking video. I just watched it and it’s well done, the topics are very interesting and it should appeal to both experts and woodworkers who are just starting out. I want a jig like Brian Boggs uses to build his chairs! Yes, the downside of watching this video is you will have a bad case of tool and beautiful wood lust!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 07-16-2012 04:01 PM

It just goes to show that over a period of time, a persistent person can learn to create items of beauty.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#10 posted 07-16-2012 05:05 PM

Your work is amazing and a true inspiration, even for an amateur such as myself.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 07-16-2012 09:17 PM

Well done Charles, this is a beautiful table done in beautiful wood. I have my Dinning Chair from your plans about 80% done but as you well know that last 20% is where all the work is LOL! After that I can move onto the rocker, just waiting to find the right wood for that project. Thanks for posting this I can never see to many projects in this style.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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