This section is from the book "The Boy Mechanic Vol. 2 1000 Things for Boys to Do", by Popular Mechanics Co.. Also available from Amazon: The Boy Mechanic, Vol2: 1000 Things for Boys to Do.
The pedestal may be made of any close-grained wood, such as basswood or maple, if the stain is to be walnut or mahogany, but it can also be constructed of quarter-sawed oak and finished in a waxed mission or varnished surface. The material required is as follows:
1 top. 12 by 12 by 7/8in.. 3-2-S.
2 caps. 6 bv 6 by 7/8in.. S 2-S.
1 upright. 18 by 4 by 4 in.. S-4-S. 1 base. 8 by 8 by % in.. S 2-S.
The top is centered and a circle, 11 1/2 in. in diameter, is drawn upon it, and sawn out. The caps are also centered and circles drawn upon them, 5 1/2 in. and 3 1/2 in. indiameter. Saw them out on the larger circles and center them in a wood lathe and turn out the wood in the smaller circles to a depth of 1/2 in. The upright is then centered in the lathe and turned to 3 1/2 in. in diameter for its full length.
The base and foot pieces are cut out as shown, fitted together and fastened with screws from the under side. One of the caps is mounted in the center on the base and the other cap in the center on the under side of the top. The upright is then placed in the turned-out parts of the caps and either glued or fastened with screws.
If light wood is used, the finish can be walnut or mahogany. A very pretty finish can be worked out in pyrography, if one is familiar with that work. - Contributed by Russell T. Westbrook, Dover, N. J.
Ill: The Pedestal can be Made of a Wood Suitable for Finishing to Match Other Furniture