An oak pedestal table is very often found serving as a kitchen table, although dining rooms as well as accent, coffee and end tables are commonly found as well. Oak is a tightly grained wood that imparts a sense of hominess and warmth wherever it is used. They encompass many styles and finishes.
Oak Pedestal Table Finishes
An oak pedestal table will generally be finished with one of three stains or may be painted. Antique oak furniture will generally have developed a dark patina over time that is very popular; this will be finished in a varnish unless it has been stripped and redone, for this reason use coasters and protect the finish from any moisture in plants, glasses etc. New pieces are generally left natural, stained in a medium warm oak or will have been stained with a dark finish to simulate antique furniture. They are usually protected with a polyurethane finish which is ideal for a table top as it resists moisture and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. The grain in many antique pieces will feature what is referred to as Tiger Oak which increases the value.
Oak furniture may be painted or stained with colors other than the usual ones. Furniture which has been painted will likely be protected with polyurethane if new. Painted furniture is generally either a solid color, two colors or will feature a painted pedestal base and a natural tabletop. Common paint colors for tables such as this are black, white and green.
Oak Pedestal Table Base Styles
Oak pedestal table base styles encompass a few basic styles regularly. Oak is considered a hardwood, but because of its grain it is often used in everyday furniture more commonly than in what would be considered fine furniture. Some of the base and foot styles include the popular ball and claw, the simple paw, as well as the Mission Style and Santa Fe styles. The pillar base is often large and turned when combined with the ball and claw and paw. The Mission style pedestal will feature rails that either sit solidly on the floor or have simple feet as part of the design. A Santa Fe style pedestal will feature basically one Mission style pedestal with cross bracing. These are all very popular styles of pedestals for an oak table. Others that are equally beautiful but found less often include a fluted column or set of columns that may be pulled apart to support an elongated table, or a Bombay which is squared on the sides but curves outwards toward the bottom of the piece.
Coffee tables, end and accent tables generally feature similar pedestal bases to a kitchen or dining room table. They may include styles with square bases, although these are not as common in oak furnishings. A slim candlestick base will support the weight on a library table or one for an entry hall.
Shopping for an Oak Pedestal Table
Shopping for an oak pedestal table presents many options both in new, used and antique furniture. Items such as an antique library table with exquisite ball and claw feet can be occasionally found locally at an estate or antique auction. These spectacular library tables often feature a square top placed upon a base and can be found online through the search engines, occasionally through online auction houses or sites. Shopping for new oak pedestal dining or kitchen tables will provide many options both in price and quality. Determining the style that is preferred, such as base and feet type, table shape as well as the pedestal shape to compare pricing will help when choosing. Local furniture stores will often carry one or two styles of oak tables including end tables and coffee tables. Oak pedestal coffee tables and end tables are available through many sources online as well. Many sites offer custom furniture that can be built to the customers' specifications.
Price of an Oak Pedestal Table
Prices of an oak pedestal table vary widely depending on what is desired. A 30 inch antique Bombay parlor table can be found beginning at 895 dollars, while a new Mission style end table made with quality craftsmanship will cost approximately 300 dollars. Kitchen tables are available unfinished beginning as low as just under 200 dollars, while finely crafted and finished dining room tables will go well into the thousands. These may or may not include chairs. Additional matching or coordinating pieces can usually be found to complement an oak pedestal table.