501 Maple Table Base Pt 1

February 8, 2013

Today’s episode is the first of a two part series on the construction of a solid Maple table base built for our friend’s daughter. The tabletop is a pre-manufactured top with a Maple edge banding, so we won’t be covering the construction of it.


In this first part I’ll demonstrate creating a template pattern for re-creating the four legs I need and then I’ll take the stock from rough to finished.

All four legs are curved and attached at 90º to each other and when designing them, our friend’s already had a specific shape in mind, so it was a matter of duplicating it as close as possible.

After a little trial and error, I found a quick and easy to achieve the curves without having to buy expensive drafting devices. I’ll talk a little bit about it in the beginning and hopefully you’ll find it useful.

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  1. tom says:

    I think a larger diameter drum sander would give you better and easier results, you should use the biggest one you have, then switch to a appropriate one to get what it can’t do, a smaller diameter is more difficult to keep running in a smooth line, a little like a block plane versus a jointer plane

  2. Fr. Thomas says:

    Did you give any thought to dowls or sliding dovetails to join the legs together? What were the considerations for going with a butt joint? Does the butt joint create any weight limits on the table? As a child’s table I imagine it will get some use for other than its original intention.

    • Matt says:

      More coverage on the assembly process will be addressed in the upcoming episode. But for a sneak peek, I did end up using dowels to bring it all together.

      I didn’t use dowels for all 4 legs, but for reinforcing two of them to the entire build.

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