Making pedestals for glass tables

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Making pedestals for glass tables
(boxes_rectangle image by Sergey Galushko from

Pedestal bases for a glass-top table can be created to any height and any size. When creating pedestal bases, the construction can be simple, clean lines or it can be embellished with crown moulding, architectural detailing or more unusual elements like tree bark,seashells or river rock. By creating a wooden box base, the opportunities to create one-of-a-kind pedestal bases for glass-top tables are as endless as one's imagination.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Lumber
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Trim moulding
  • Stain or paint
  • Wood putty
  • Felt
  • Museum gel

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  1. 1

    Determine how tall the glass-top pedestal table will be and how large the glass top will be. These dimensions are critical in determining how large to make the pedestal base.

  2. 2

    Cut four rectangles of lumber in the appropriate lengths and width. Create a rectangular pedestal box using wood glue and screws. Screw at the top, the middle and the bottom of the base for stability and to prevent the pedestal from twisting. Counter-sink the screws and use wood putty to hide the screws.

  3. 3

    Cut a base for the pedestal, making it wider than the pedestal box. The wider the base, the more stability the table will have.

  4. 4

    Cut a square of heavy-duty felt only slightly smaller than the base and glue it to the bottom of the base. This will protect the floor from damage and hide the screws used to assemble the pedestal table base.

  5. 5

    Center the pedestal on the base and from the bottom of the base, screw through the base and into the pedestal. Use a minimum of two screws per side.

  6. 6

    Create a topper for the pedestal box by cutting another piece of lumber to the desired size. The top plate can be the same size as the base or it can be only large enough to top the pedestal, whichever is preferred. Screw through the cap and into the pedestal. Counter-sink the screws and fill with wood putty.


  1. 1

    Paint or stain the pedestal table base and allow it to thoroughly dry.

    Making pedestals for glass tables
    (yellow paint image by Jennifer Griner from
  2. 2

    Apply museum gel to the four corners of the top of the pedestal base.

  3. 3

    Center the glass top carefully and set it gently on the base. Press firmly to seat the glass top onto the museum gel.

Tips and warnings

  • Drill pilot holes to prevent splitting the wood during construction.
  • Museum gel can be found at many local hardware stores, art dealerships and online. It is opaque and creates a strong bond that will prevent the glass from shifting, but it is also easily removed and washes away with no residue left behind.

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