Round Pedestal Table
Stout parts and straightforward joinery combine for a commanding piece.
Synopsis: With its cluster of center posts and its cantilevered top, this table makes a great dining table, whether you choose to make a round top or an oval one. Although the parts are hefty, the gentle curves and angles give the design elegance. The posts are turned, the upper braces and foot braces are shaped on the bandsaw. Half laps and mortises bring the various structures together.
This elemental table is a stripped-down version of a breakfast table I built, which had a drop leaf and a telescoping base. The original was a rewarding build, and the final product inspired this simpler version. I love the new table’s direct aesthetic. A standout for me is the substantial visual feel of the cluster of posts and the cantilevered top. Gentle curves throughout keep the piece from looking too clunky. There’s room to vary the details on the design too. While…