Round Table Pedastal 'Weighted' Column Concern

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Forum topic by Kalifriki posted 11-06-2017 02:20 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2017 02:20 PM

I’m looking into restoring a 54’’ Round table with a pedestal base. The column appears to have veneer siding showing evidence of wear and damage, though no deep cracking appears evident. My concern is that the column fits into a slotted crevice in the base of the table with it appears 1’’ panels; while the top itself is secured with bolts.

I am not familiar with furniture building; and would like to implore any insight into the construction of pedestal bases for round tables: in this case, does the column leading into the legged base require being secured beyond raw weight?

Thank you.

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#1 posted 11-22-2017 02:04 PM

It could be fastened any number of ways.
Could you post pictures of the area you want to repair?
Could you also post pictures of the bottom of the base?

I would assume you haven’t had a response because people just aren’t sure how they can help with the information you’ve given.

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#2 posted 11-22-2017 03:20 PM

Pictures of the base would definitely help. How far into the base does the pedestal fit? If it doesn’t wobble and has been like this a long time without issue, it is probably fine.

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#3 posted 11-23-2017 02:02 PM


…does the column leading into the legged base require being secured beyond raw weight?

My answer is yes, the base should be attached to the pedestal.

If the base is not attached to the pedestal, the pedestal could work loose from the base or come out of the base entirely; for example when moving the table. The significant cantilever of the table top beyond the base can lead to a fair amount of stress on the pedestal-base joint when the table is used. A joint relying only on a friction fit will eventually loosen under such stresses leading to table top wobble. Additionally, if the pedestal comes out the base, trying to re-set the pedestal into the base could led to scratches or more severe damage to the base when trying to re-inert the pedestal into the base.

My guess is that pedestal was firmly attached to the base originally. If you see no fasteners, then the pedestal may have been glued to the base.

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#4 posted 11-23-2017 05:45 PM

Turn the table over. If you can see the sides of the pedestal, you could get a piece of metal, steel or aluminum, about 1/8” thick and drive screws both into the exposed pedestal sides and the base. Glue and the moulding around the base is probably what was used to secure the pedestal to the base, but age has weakened it. Can’t say more without a picture.

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#5 posted 11-27-2017 09:09 AM

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