How to Build a Round Pedestal Table Part 2

What You'll Need
Several lengths of 2-inch thick wood, 30 inches tall
Wood clamps
Wood glue
Heavy duty sander
Step 1, Design Choices

In Part 1 of this series, you completed the top of your round pedestal table. Now you need to employ some creativity for the actual pedestal on which the top rests and the pedestal legs. Before you begin Part 2 below, consider the shape, the type of wood you use and the final finish you desire to ensure the round pedestal table will complement its surroundings.

Step 1 - Plan the Pedestal

The pedestal for this table can be round or square or take the shape of a hexagon or octagon. The design choices are unlimited, so think about the other designs and shapes in the room where the table will go as you plan. It can also be rounded and have flutes incorporated into its design. It can be rounded with a rounded crown at its top and bottom, or it can stay simply rounded.

Step 2 - Constructing the Pedestal

You will construct the pedestal of several pieces of 2-inch thick wood, approximately 30 inches tall. Once the shape of the pedestal has been determined, you will have to cut the angles, allowing each of the uprights to come together to form the desired shape, whether square, octagon, pentagon or circle.

The wood planer or table saw will indispensable for cutting the required angles for the upright pieces to form the desired shapes. The easiest to cut will be the square and the most difficult, any of the polygons. The most labor intensive will be the rounded pedestal as it involves the most sanding and hand planning.

Step 3 - Build Pedestal Legs

You can purchase pedestal legs to save yourself much labor-intensive shaping and fitting, but you can certainly complete them on your own. They give stability and elegance to the round pedestal table. These legs range from fully sculpted pieces to angled pieces attached to the pedestal.

Step 4 - Finish Up

 The final finish of any woodworking project, if done correctly, can hide a multitude of sins. A well-finished project will more than compensate for many flaws in its construction, and it is for this reason—aside from the pride of a job excellently done—that you should spend much attention in the final finishing of the round pedestal table.

To begin, wipe the entire piece down with mineral spirits to be sure glue bleed out has been sanded away and that all mill marks from sawing and planning have been removed. This will also raise the grain of the wood and allow for a smoother finish.

Begin with the 100 grit sandpaper and completely sand all surfaces with the electric sander. Once completed, sand the hard-to-reach places by hand. Do this with each grit up to 220. Wipe entire piece with clean cloth.  

Apply a wood stain if using a good natural wood, or paint the table. Apply varnish and mineral spirits in a 50-50 percent solution. Sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper, apply 2 more coats of 100 percent solution of varnish and buff with a hard wax and 0000 steel wool.