Today I want to show you the biggest project my dad and I worked on for Christmas. We made four pedestal tables (two out of oak and two out of maple), based on my Great Grandmother's table that my parents now have.
Above is a picture of the original table, which after looking at its construction, my dad thinks was probably made somewhere between the mid and late nineteenth century. We think we can tell that it was turned on a foot pedal lathe! Pretty cool huh?
With the table as our pattern and inspiration, I turned the body of the table, and my dad made the three legs and the table top (and finished them and put them together).
Dad stained the two oak tables (two different colors to match the furniture in the recipients' homes), and then finished them with a satin polyurethane.
With the two maple tables he used a sanding sealer (to keep as much of the natural wood color as possible) and then finished with the polyurethane.
For each of the four tables I also made some doilies. I used the Pale Crocus pattern by C. Strohmeyer from A Year of Doilies. (The Ravelry pattern page is here.)
I used size 10 thread and a 1.5 mm hook.
Overall, we love how the tables turned out!! I had a lot of fun trying to recreate the table body, however I don't think I'm ready for anything like a chair or table where all the legs have to be exactly the same. Some day though! And more importantly, now some of our family members have a(n inspired) piece of family history in their homes!