A few weeks ago, my sister mentioned that she wanted to upgrade her hand-me-down round oak table she’d had since she graduated college. She wanted a “real” table that she picked herself, but the ones in stores were insanely expensive and nothing she was really looking for. So I offered to build her a table that was exactly what she wanted. We spent a few hours online, and she fell in love with the X Base Pedestal table from Restoration Hardware. She liked the chunky legs and the angles on the base, but she specifically wanted a square top instead of a round one. So, I asked the ever-amazing Ana White for help! And didn’t she pull through in a big way? This top is heavenly.
I never would have come up with all that detail on my own. But it was simple enough to build, I just had to slow down and take my time.
The base was surprisingly easy. I used douglass fir 4×4′s for the legs, and used 2 1/2″ screws to attach them. No special tools needed!
One tip to keep in mind when working with angles is to make sure that your boards stay flush on your saw. I don’t have a special table with inset for my saw, right now it sits on the ground. So the boards on the saw are about 4″ up in the air, which meant I had to try and hold them down and cut at the same time. Not too easy when you have an 8 foot long four by four stick of hard lumber! Some of my angles suffered because of this and wouldn’t sit flush after cutting because they were cut at uneven angles.
Luckily a little wood filler did the trick and hid any imperfections. My sister chose a walnut stain, and I used Minwax Gel Stain and applied it with a rag.
It looks fantastic in her dining room! She plans on finding some new chairs to match the sleek style of the table.
I’ve built my fair share of tables by this point, and I think the X Base Pedestal Table is one of my absolute favorites. There’s so much detail in it, but it’s still a simple enough build. You just have to have some time and patience, and be willing to finagle the angles a bit. Trust me, the end result is totally worth it!
Plans should be posted on Ana’s website very soon, and I’ll be sure to update the post one they’re here!