More than 30 years ago, when I was in the business of building kitchen cabinets, I made my first “coffee cup table” as a gift for my father. It consisted of a cherry column with a round disc of Corian on the top. It gave my father a place to put his coffee cup as he enjoyed a morning crossword puzzle in his favorite chair. I have changed the design over the years, trying a Stickley-inspired Arts & Crafts design as well as the free-form design shown here. This one is a stack-lamination pedestal about 24” tall.
Anyone can make this small, satisfying project in a weekend, using scrap wood or cutoffs of any thickness. You need small pieces at least 8”-10” long, plus this equipment: a band saw, a few clamps, a nail gun (or 3d nails and a hammer), a random-orbit sander and a 4-1/2” angle grinder with a carving disc. I use a coarse Kutzall dish wheel (#77J62.20 at Lee Valley).
This pedestal table is very handy for holding various drinks, and the aesthetic, organic shape appeals to nearly everyone. You can use the piece as a plant stand, or enlarge it to make an end table. You could even use the columns as legs on a larger table for a true statement piece. The possibilities are endless. It’s simple, fun and easy to learn. And it’s a sustainable way to re-purpose or up-cycle scraps.