J-Pedestal Dining Table

Well this is a late publish but hopefully you can see why. We needed large dining tables for the family Thanksgiving dinner and of course Jamie found a design she liked on Pottery Barn. It was just my job to make it happen. I was excited to give this table a try but knew it would push my skills and tools to the limits. Nevertheless, this beauty was built for only about $125! Can you believe that! While the cost is low you can count on making up for that with time and sweat equity.

I opted for Southern Yellow Pine for the top because, not only is it a less expensive option but it is a strong, durable option that will stand up to the test of time. Plus it’s grown, milled and sold in the US so by buying SYP you know that you are supporting our local economy.

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How to build a Double Pedestal Dining Table

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  • Josh

    I tried to download the instructions, it downloads as a .PAGE file, not a .PDF file. Is there a way to get the actual PDF?

    • Whoops, sorry about that. I uploaded the wrong file. It should be fixed now.

      • Josh

        Thank you sir, works now!

        • Wow, I will get it right eventually. Haha. Try it again now. 🙂

        • Oh and make sure when you print it that you don’t check “scale to fit” or anything like that. You’ll need to print it in “actual size”.

      • Josh

        The plans download, but the templates for the pedestal parts are missing, any chance those can be included?

  • Drew Carpenter

    This is a beauty and I bet it’s a heavy mug!
    I’d love to check back in on this build in a year to see if wood movement causes any problems. 2×10 lumber is beyond Kreg’s recommended size for edge joining, but I’m interested to see how it plays out in real life.

  • cougr

    Is this sturdy enough for daily use with kids that like to lean on the edges? It seems like it may be prone to tipping if enough weight is put on it. Should I just go with the H leg?

    • This table is very stable. You won’t have to worry about tipping.

      • cougr

        How do you feel about using reclaimed redwood for the table top? Too soft?

        • I wouldn’t be the best to answer this as I’ve never used Redwood but Pine is pretty soft too and it worked fine for me. I would think it would be fine.

  • Lisa Sears

    Is there a reason that you did not use a lap joint on your table bases rather than the pieces being screwed in together and then onto the J legs? Just curious…

  • Kyle Walton

    Could this table be made as a smaller round table? Would one pedestal be stable enough to support a round top around 50″ in diameter or do you think I would need to extend the feet of the “J’s” a little longer to accomodate?