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Oak Pedestal Table Build Part 1

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Mike Poorman

This video was made in partnership with Klingspor Woodworking Shop

If you’ve never attempted to build a pedestal table before, this video series from Mike Poorman of Woodshop Mike is going to provide a ton of insight on how to overcome obstacles you might run into during the process, as well as show you how to end up with a beautiful custom table.

The first video in this series is focused on milling the lumber and preparing the table base and the pedestal itself. Mike provides tips on blade selection for resawing on the bandsaw as well as how to handle a glue-up with stock this large. If you intend to create your own pedestal for your table build, Mike shows how to prepare the blank for turning and gives advice on how to proceed in a timely fashion by shedding some of the excess material ahead of time. Be sure to keep reading to see what you’ll learn in the video and feel free to check out the links below if you need guidance on some of the tools or products you see in the video.

Here’s the truth, this project isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re ready to take your table-making up a notch this is a fantastic place to start. Just know that you’ll be sanding your heart out with all the curves on the base and everywhere else so be prepared to bust out all the stops! Mike shows us where his 5” random orbital comes in handy and he also uses a 3x4 sander, does some hand-sanding to knock down the grain with these UltraFlex sanding pads, and even busts out this nifty spindle drum sander that can be chucked up in your handheld drill or drill press.

Consider enrolling in TMCU for full access to all of the educational content shared here and follow along with Mike for more tips and tricks on how to:

  • Get a weathered look using a weathered wood accelerator

  • Position bowed wood in order to safely run it through the table saw

  • Spread large amounts of glue in an efficient manner

  • Score some bulk cloth-backed paper from the scrap bin at Klingspor Woodworking Shop

Would you want to see more detail on how to create your own template for turning on the lathe? Comment below if you want to learn more and let us know what to share next!


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