How to Build a Wood Pedestal

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If you want to display an item on its own with added height and importance, you may want to think about using a pedestal. A pedestal is a single column which an item is placed on top of in order to give it prominence. You are more than welcome to buy a pedestal if you would like, but if you are picky about the specifications, it may be easier just to build one your self.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 33 inch long boards which are 1 inch by 1-1/2 inches
  • 4 33 inch long boards which are 1 inch by 5/8 inches
  • 8 3-5/8 inch long 1-by-3 boards
  • 4 beaded board panels 4-1/2 inches wide by 28 inches tall
  • 2 11-by-11 inch plywood 3/4 inch thick
  • 2 1-by-2 which are mitered with 45 degree cuts at either end. The finished piece has a longer side of 9-3/8", the shorter side is 7-3/8" and it is 1 inch thick.
  • 2 1-by-2 which are mitered with 45 degree cuts at either end. The finished piece has a longer side of 7-7/8", the shorter side is 5-7/8" and it is 1 inch thick.
  • 3/4" plywood which is 8-1/4"-by-8-1/2".
  • Screws
  • biscuits
  • wood glue
  • nails
  • sandpaper
  • stain
  • hammer
  • paintbrush
  • mask
  • goggles
  • ear plugs
  • Take two of your 33 inch long by 1-1/2 inch wide pieces and two of your 3-by-3-5/8" and create a rectangle. The 33 inch pieces will be your stiles and the 3-5/8" pieces will be the rails. The longer pieces should be on the outside of the smaller pieces. Connect them using the biscuits. Repeat this process and build a second frame.

  • Take two of your 33 inch long by 5/8" inch wide pieces and two of your 3-by-3-5/8" and create a rectangle. The 33 inch pieces will be your stiles and the 3-5/8" pieces will be the rails. The longer pieces should be on the outside of the smaller pieces. Connect them using the biscuits. Repeat this process and build a fourth frame. You should now have four frames which will correspond to your sides.

  • Glue and nail the beaded paneling to the back of all four frames you just finished. You should now have four complete sides.

  • Glue and nail a thinner panel to a wider panel at an edge and at a 90 degree angle. Repeat this to glue and nail all four pieces of the column together. Wait until the glue dries.

  • Place the 11-by-11 inch 3/4 plywood on top of each other and screw them together to create a base which is 11-by-11-by-1-1/2 inches.

  • Screw one end of the column into the 11-by11 inch board. Make sure it is centered.

  • Use the mitered 1-by-2 to go around the column where it meets the base, and screw it into the column This will help stabilize it and give the appearance of added weight to the bottom

  • Take your last piece of plywood and glue and nail it to the top of the column

  • Sand the pedestal down and stain it.

Tips & Warnings

  • This pedestal will only be about 36 inches tall. Feel free to make your stiles and rails bigger and longer if you want a bigger pedestal. The instructions for construction will be the same
  • Make sure you don't get your boards confused. Lay out each side before you begin assembly in order to make sure everything fits correctly.

References

  • Photo Credit Lowes.com
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