How to Fix a Pedestal Table

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How to Fix a Pedestal Table
Pedestal style tables can be repaired with strap clamps. (table image by Diana Anachkova from

Pedestal tables are characterised by a single post that holds up the table top. It is made from individual pieces of wood that are glued together in a column or square with legs that are splayed out at the bottom. The legs are glued onto the pedestal at an angle which exerts stress on the glue joints that hold the pedestal together. Over time, the stress pulls the joints apart, but you can easily reglue them with a strap clamp.

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Things you need

  • Wooden wedges, 3/4-by-3/4-inch
  • Hammer
  • Wood glue
  • Cloth
  • 2 strap clamps
  • Wrench, 1/2 inch

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  1. 1

    Turn the table upside down. Grab one of the legs with your hand and pull it toward your body. If a crack opens up on the pedestal, insert the tip of a small wooden wedge into the crack. Do all four legs until all the splits, cracks or glue joint separations have been found.

  2. 2

    Tap all of the wedges into the cracks with a hammer to open them. Don't tap the wedges in flush, leave them sticking out at least 1/4-inch or more.

  3. 3

    Squirt glue into all the cracks. Force the glue down into the cracks with your finger. Apply more glue and force it into the cracks until the crack is saturated with glue.

  4. 4

    Pull out all the wedges with a pair of pliers. Wipe off all excess glue with a damp cloth. Open two strap clamps to their fullest circumference and drop them over the feet of the table. Pull the slack out of the clamps and slide one into place at the base of the pedestal under the feet and place the other one near the top.

  5. 5

    Tighten the strap clamps using a 1/2-inch open end wrench. Torque them until glue oozes out all of the cracks. Wipe off the glue. Wait 24 hours for the glue to dry and remove the clamps.

Tips and warnings

  • Strap clamps are long thin nylon straps that open into a circle. They are used on round or odd shaped woodworking projects when bar clamps will not work. You can buy them at any home improvement store.
  • You can cut your wedges on a mitre saw or a band saw. They don't have to be perfect. Just make any small piece of wood come to a thin, flat point.

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