How to Build a Round Pedestal Table Part 1

What You'll Need
Hardwood boards, at least 1 inch thick (amount of board feet depends on table size)
Tape measure
Carpenters square
Biscuit joiner or dowel jig
Biscuits or dowels
Edge planer or table saw
Circle jig
Waterproof glue or epoxy adhesive
Wood clamps
Electric sander or planer
Various grits of sandpaper (ranging from 80 to 220 grit)
Wood stain
Mineral Spirits
Clean rags
Safety equipment (eye wear, ear protectors and respirator mask)

Building a round pedestal table can be a rewarding and fun project for that special place in the living room, dining room or outdoor garden area. This project requires a minimum of tools, materials and time, but the end result will serve many functions. It can serve as a card table, game board or for seating extra guests at any gathering. A nicely built round pedestal table will add charm and elegance to a room and can be accented with complementary chairs and a warm, cozy area rug or carpet. Follow the simple steps below to begin Part 1 of this woodworking project.

Step 1 - Determine Size and Purpose of Table

Determining both size and purpose of a round pedestal table will help in determining the type of wood to be used and where the table will be placed. Its size will also help in considering what to buy that will complement it. Carefully consider the area where the table will be placed, the function it will serve and the other furniture in the room.

Next, do a careful estimate of approximately how many board feet and what kind of wood will be used in constructing the table. A board foot is 12x12 inches by 1-inch thick. Wood is sold by board feet at home improvement stores, lumber outlets and specialty hobby stores that cater to woodworkers. Each variety of wood will cost so much per board foot. Pine, beech and oak are fairly commonly stocked and are very reasonable. Maple, walnut and mahogany are excellent choices for pedestal tables but slightly higher in cost.

Step 2 - Plan and Measure

On graph paper, draw a rough sketch of the pedestal table top. Once the dimensions for the top are known, purchase enough wood allowing at least 2 to 3 board feet of extra lumber for good measure. Check the edges of the boards to be sure they are squared. If a wood planer is available run each suspect piece through it to ensure it is square. Alternatively, place each piece against a table saw fence and trim a little as possible off the edges.

Once all pieces are square, align them on a work bench and mark them to be dowel or biscuit joined. Apply waterproof glue or epoxy adhesive between each board, biscuit or dowel and clamp tightly ensuring flatness and tightness of fit. Allow for the adhesive to dry overnight. Remove the clamps, scrap off the excess glue and thoroughly sand the boards to provide for an even smoothness. Using a template or a circle jig, carefully draw a circle on the table top. Using a jig saw or a router with a circle jig attached, slowly cut the top into a circle. Sand smooth with sandpaper.