How to make pedestal table legs

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How to make pedestal table legs
Learn how to make pedestal table legs to finish that pedestal table you started. (table cat image by Leonid Yastremskiy from Fotolia.com)

In order to make a pedestal table, you will need to make pedestal table legs. A pedestal table has a large centre support, and three to four legs at the base that support the centre. There are many styles of centres and legs, however the basic principles apply to the construction of a basic pedestal leg assembly.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wooden post, 4-by-4, 28-3/4 inches long
  • Router table
  • 3/4-inch dovetail bit
  • 4 boards, 3/4-by-6, 16 inches long
  • Pencil
  • Flexible curve ruler
  • Band saw
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Damp rag
  • 4 adjustable furniture feet

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set up the router so that it will make a router cut to the full depth of the dovetail bit. Adjust the router table fence to make the cut in the centre of the width of the 4-by-4 posts.

  2. 2

    Rout a 4-inch long dovetail in the centre on all four sides of one end of each post. These will be the slots to accommodate the legs.

  3. 3

    Place the four boards on a work surface. Draw the curve of the leg onto the board. The end that mounts to the centre should be 4 inches wide. The other end should round down to the bottom corner.

  4. 4

    Transfer the curves to the three remaining boards using the flexible curve ruler and pencil. Cut out the curved legs using a band saw. These are the leg boards.

  5. 5

    Sand the wooden parts with fine-grit sandpaper until the boards are smooth. Be sure to sand with the grain

  6. 6

    Adjust the fence on the router table to create the dovetail cut on the 4-inch wide end of each of the four leg boards. Run the boards through the router table to produce the male ends of the dovetail joint. The 3/4-inch wide ends of the board should be against the table. Run one 6-inch face against the fence. Flip the board around and run the opposing 6-inch face.

  7. 7

    Apply wood glue to the dovetail ends of the four legs. Slide the legs into the slots in the centre post. Wipe off any glue that oozes out. Allow the glue to dry. Use the leg assembly to complete your project.

  8. 8

    Screw one adjustable furniture foot into the bottom end of each leg.

Tips and warnings

  • Add more intricate detail to the legs and centre post for a more traditional style table. Contemporary designs have less detail. Match the existing furniture in your home.
  • Wear eye protection while woodworking.

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