The perfect balance of strength and elegance. Now you can build a modern, central-column table that's made for every day. Woodworker Timothy Rousseau's pedestal dining table offers a unique approach beyond the traditional leg and apron table design. Made of walnut and featuring a central column joined together using a combination of lap joints and traditional mortise-and-tenon joints, this table is easily built using basic woodworking tools.
Smooth lines, sturdy build. Rousseau's pedestal dining table features a graceful top that sports gently curved sides. Inviting to the touch and pleasing to the eye, this table will be a family treasure for years to come.
This intermediate-level project includes a bonus digital plan and covers key areas for the build.
- Cutting half-lapped joinery
- Shaping curves and tapers
- Mortise-and-tenon joinery
- Smoothing with hand and power tools
- Systemic glue-ups
- Designing a strong yet elegant pedestal
Timothy Rousseau got his start as a furniture maker at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. After completing the 12-week program in 1998, he stayed on as workshop assistant and artist in residence. Next he polished his furniture skills in Hoboken, N.J., where he worked in a highly-regarded cooperative and learned from some of the best professionals around. Tim returned to Maine in 2002 as the school's resident instructor. Now he makes furniture full time and leads two of the schools 12-week programs each year, teaching case construction among other things.