How to Make a Pedestal Table

Written by josienita borlongan
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Pedestal tables are commonly used in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms. There are different types of pedestal tables. Some are wide enough to be a dining table, some are small enough to be used as an occasional or display table. One thing in common is that a pedestal table is made of a column or single leg connected to four feet or a single column wide enough to support a table. The single leg feature of a pedestal helps save space in a room where it is being used.

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Things you need

  • Decorative PVC column
  • Plywood or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw (to cut plywood)
  • Hand saw (to cut PVC)
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood putty
  • Paint, stain, crackling medium and faux painting tools

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    Go online or to your home improvement/hardware store and buy a decorative column made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). This is the type of column that is not load-bearing and hallow inside used mostly as architectural accent or room divider. This decorative PVC column comes in three pieces, the top cap, the base and the middle part. Some stores will allow you to buy the pieces separately instead of the whole set. Purchase the lower part and then buy a top cap. Buy the 10-inch wide, not the real wide ones they use as room dividers for big houses.

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    Measure the height of the lower part. You may not need to cut if the height is sufficient for you. The average height is 2 feet, which is acceptable for use as a display pedestal table. If it is longer, make additional cut. Ideal height is 2 to 3 feet.

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    Assemble the column pieces together. Put the top cap on the exposed cut part. Apply glue then secure them in place with screws that comes with the PVC kit.

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    Make the table top. Depending on your choice, you can create a square or a round table top. We will create a square top in this article since our pedestal leg is already round.

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    Cut the plywood or MDF, measuring 18 inches on each side to create a perfect square.

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    Smooth out the edges using a medium-grit sandpaper.

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    Put the square table top on top of the assembled PVC column leg. Secure it in place by applying four screws evenly spaced close to the edges of the column top cap.

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    Apply wood putty on any exposed holes or screw heads on the table top and the column.

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    Paint the table top and the leg. You cannot stain the PVC column with wood stain, but you can complement the stain colour of the wood top with a matching or complementary colour to give more interest. For example, you can use dark cherry wood stain finish on the wood and then paint the PVC column with dark chocolate brown or black for more contrast. You may also apply crackle finish on both wood and PVC column for a more shabby-chic look. Another thing you can do is apply faux finish on the wood and the PVC column with marbleising technique to give a look of marble.

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    Allow the paint or finishing stain to dry before using. Once dry, you can add your favourite piece for display, such as a picture frame, a crystal vase, a piece of sculpture or a table lamp.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a glass top instead of a wooden top. Get the exact size and take it to the glass cutters to cut your glass to size and shape. To attach to the column, you can secure using museum clay or silicone colourless glue.

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