The Johnson Pedestal Table
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A Johnson Pedestal Table in walnut, 54" in diameter, extending to 74" in length
[ Click here for a larger image of the pedestal table shown above, providing more detail of the wood, the fit, and the finish. ]
We have made a video showing a Johnson Pedestal Table and the process of placing its leaf. It is 1½ minutes in length. Click to see Video.
We built this table for N. Johnson, owner of a Weeks Rocker, who emailed and outlined what she wanted. I made a drawing, and after exchanges and modifications, the design was approved. As I said to her, this project had several aspects that we had avoided: another pedestal design, a curved table apron, adding leaves to a pedestal table . . . But when I easily opened the table top (only one person required), found it stable when extended, and closed it with the most satisfying sound of precise alignment, every misgiving was gone, and I knew we had a winner.
We got a call from them yesterday and they delivered the table and chairs today! Much sooner than we'd expected, so it was a special treat. They are lovely. I had just been to the gym when they arrived and when I plopped down in one of the chairs it felt very nice. They are as comfortable as I'd hoped (and expected, from you). The table fits our small room perfectly and is the perfect size for our daily (with no leaf) and extended family (with leaf added) needs. The measurement we settled on is perfect. Also, there's not a bit of bounce to the table ends even when extended. You made an extremely sturdy table. My favorite part (oddly, maybe) is the top of the pedestal which is visible when the table is extended and the leaf is out. It's so pretty, how you did the color variations of the pedestal segments.
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A Johnson Pedestal Table, 54" diameter, in walnut
A 54" Johnson Pedestal Table with its 20" leaf in place
A Johnson Pedestal Table, 54" in diameter, in cherry
|The Johnson Pedestal Table Prices
|48" with 20" leaf
|54" with 20" leaf
|For fixed tops, deduct $700
*our cherry and maple are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC certified)
Tabletop open for leaves
A close-up of the pedestal assembly
Building the pedestal
the Oil Enlivens the Walnut
Laminating the apron
Most of our furniture has been given last names of ancestors of Gary and Leslie Weeks, but because this table was inspired by and designed for N. Johnson and because she so completely trusted our design and workmanship, we want her name on it.
We do not build dining tables without a set of chairs. In order to compose pleasing compositions of figure in our table tops, we need to have a quantity of wood to choose from — and something to do with the wood we do not choose. Chairs. This is not to say the chairs get inferior wood — they just don't need long, clear, boards of even configuration. Because we cut the boards for chairs into relatively small pieces, we can create pleasing compositions of figure in them as well.