Y’all I’m so excited about this month’s Power Tool Challenge project, a double pedestal table. As always, the team will be showing you what we did, but in addition, you get to join in on the fun!
I never throw anything away. When I made a double headboard bench out of the headboard, I parted out the foot board.
“The Blue and Yellow pieces will be used for future projects. The Black piece was used for And They Lived Happily Ever After. The Red pieces were used for this bench.”
Above quotes are what I said in the original post. I honestly can’t remember if I’ve used the “blue” pieces on a project. But today I’m going to show you what I finally made with the “yellow” piece, more than FIVE years later!
I’m really excited about this project. It came together really quickly and easily, and the best part? I only had to use part of a new 2x4. The rest of the pieces were in my countless scrap piles located all over the garage.
Top Left – one large spindle from a foot board, Top Right – Scrap 1x’s to make up the bottom base, Bottom Left – FREE 1x12 from the local hardware store that was going to throw it away last winter while I was putting up the diy picket fence became the table top, Bottom Right – really old scraps I used to make the upper portion of the table top.
After collecting all these scraps, I got busy designing and playing around with all the bits and pieces…
Cut bedposts on miter saw
I cut the pedestal in half on the compound miter saw.
I cut the ends off of the pedestal to get a larger “footprint” for the bottom of the table pedestals.
Cut table top on miter saw
The free 1x12 needed to be squared up on the compound miter saw. I had to trim up both ends making it as long as possible.
Design double pedestal table
This is step one of the design stage. It’s a little short, but after I add all the other scraps it will slowly get taller.
The only new lumber I used for this entire project was about 2 feet of a 2x4. All of the other 1x pieces came from the scrap piles.
I was really fortunate that I was able to find just the right size pieces of scraps. These pieces are for the upper brace—you can see I had about an inch to spare, so I cut off the ends that had some holes.
Miter trim pieces
Instead of digging out my router table, I did a small beveled edge on the square pieces on the bottom “feet”. I set the saw at 22.5 degrees and lined up the edge of the board with the very edge of the saw cutting area. Don’t you love my technical jargon?
See how nice it looks? No router needed!
ALWAYS USE CAUTION when using a miter saw, if you feel you’re not qualified to make a cut—do NOT take any chances.
Details of double pedestal table parts
This is the final dry fit. Notice I also beveled the front and back edge of the large 1x8 that sits atop the 2x4’s, all four edges of the square 1x6’s, and the front and back edge of the upper 1x.
How to assemble DIY pedestal table
After sanding all of your wood, it’s time to start assembling the pedestal table from the bottom up. Using Gorilla Wood Glue will give you extra strength in your build.
It’s very important that there is no shifting due to the slippery wood glue. To prevent this I like to use my Ryobi Airstrike Stapler to “clamp” the wood as the glue sets up.
I used the Kreg Multi-Mark to make sure all of my pieces were equidistant for this project. (yeah, I know it’s backwards, but I don’t use it for measuring, just to make sure everything matches)
Assemble with wood glue and wood screws
More wood glue to secure the square pieces atop the 1x8’s.
Because a 2x4 is one and a half inches thick, I had to countersink the 1 ⅝” screws to make sure they “bite”.
How to attach pedestal legs
I used the multi-mark all around to make sure the pedestal was centered on the square.
In this photo you can see that I “clamped” the square with some staples until I can get the screws in that will hold the leg in place. To do that I placed the leg on the square and traced around it.
By drilling from the top through to the bottom, I will know exactly where to insert the screws that will hold the square in place and secure the table as well.
This is where patience comes in to play. I put the pieces on a level surface and allowed the glue to set up while I took a break. This would make certain that there is no shifting when I secure the pedestal.
Because of the pilot holes, it’s a no-brainer where to put the screws. I secured one screw, then checked the other side to make sure the pedestal hadn’t shifted.
Attach table top
This is the top of the same pedestal, centering it on the large upper brace. I used the same method using the multi-mark tool and tracing around the pedestal.
Again, pilot holes are a must to know where to put the screws on the other side of the brace.
After applying Gorilla wood glue, I place the top brace in place, check to make sure it lines up with the mark, and secure it with the longer screws used above.
Still more wood glue as I prepare to place the top brace.
I drilled 4 pilot holes around the brace and used shorter 1 ¼” screws to hold the upper brace to the table top.
Double pedestal table bottom brace
I knew there should be a bottom brace, so I picked up this little ripped piece from yet another scrap pile, but something’s not right.
While taking another little break to search double pedestal sofa table on Pinterest and saw that all the braces were at the very bottom.
Can you figure out where the bottom middle brace came from? Yep, the scrap pile. I trimmed a couple of inches off and secured it in place with more glue and wood screws.
This is how the bottom brace was installed.
Time to paint
As usual, I mixed up some diy chalky paint primer with plaster of paris to use in my Homeright Finish Max using flat black Beluga.
While I had the paint in the sprayer I tackled several black projects including the double pedestal sofa table.
Two light coats of primer.
This is after two light coats of primer and one light coat of Beluga Satin.
I was inspired by this table on Facebook.
Black double pedestal table
This project was taken to Glendale 2016, however, it wasn’t sold, so it came home with these projects.
If you love it, please PIN IT.
Here is the table, currently for sale in my booth at Vendors’ Village.
Breakdown of my cost:
- Table top: FREE
- Pedestal: FREE
- Pieces for the base: FREE (scraps)
- 2x4 for feet: new lumber on hand $2.42 and I only used about 2 feet
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Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
When is this challenge going to happen again? I could definitely use extra tools. 🙂 Empowering women to build whatever they want is completely awesome. I have a group of lady friends that I have shown a thing or two on how to use power tools and build whatever they are wanting. Just love woodworking... 🙂
Actually the challenge is happening currently. You can see all the details here: https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/twin-bed-bench/
Angie ~ ambient wares
You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! It looks perfect Gail 🙂
Thank you so much Angie. I love a good challenge, and this project was so much fun to make!
DeDe Designed Decor
I love how to beveled the edge pieces with your miter saw! Great idea! Now I have to go get me one of those Kreg Multi-measure thingy (My technical term)
Thanks! I don't like to change out the bit on my router, so I figured out a way around it with the beveling. 🙂
I love that Kreg Multi-Mark thingy too!
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
Wow!!! What a great way to use some scraps.. that table would look great in my entry way!
I hope I don't regret selling this table. I have a table in the hallway that has two shelves, or I would put it there. I don't think I can do without that lower shelf. 🙂
You are awesome to have built this really pretty table for just $.60! I'll bet it won't be long before someone falls in love with it and purchases it for their home.
This was a really fun build Paula! It was fun figuring out how all the pieces should be put together to make it the easiest way.
love the table. i am sure if it would have made it out of the truck at Glendale, it would have sold quickly!!! perfect size for many areas of the house!
Thanks Nova, I think you're right. Gotta figure out what I'm going to do next year to keep this from happening. I mentioned to Bonnie that she should rent a booth to a Boy Scout Troop to haul furniture pieces to customers' cars for tips. 🙂 She loved the idea.
Marie from The Interior Frugalista
Wow Gail, once again your carpentry skills impressed the heck out of me! Nice return on investment too! I took note of your market lesson because I'm doing one soon and probably would have done the same thing. Your fabulous double pedestal table will sell. Being a trestle style table, it's perfect painted black.
Thank you for your sweet comment. This really was fun!
Good luck on your show, happy you learned something from how things went for me. As I just told Nova, I recommended to the owner of the business where I set up that she should consider renting a booth to a Boy Scout Troop to deliver pieces for tips.
What a steal! I love your sofa table and all your tips and tricsk on how you attached the spindles, you are always teaching me Gail! Makes me want to bust out some of my spindles and make something!
We're like peas and carrots Mindi when it comes to bits and pieces! 🙂
thanks for your sweet comment.
Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
What a great use of the spindles! I love this!! I need a sofa table for our family room - this would be the perfect project!
You should definitely make one Karen. It's fun AND easy!
What a great use of those leftover pieces: a cute, little sofa table! This would also be perfect in a narrow space like a hallway. Pinning!
thanks for pinning Jeanie! I appreciate it a lot!
No way! You can't go wrong with a project that costs .60! Especially when it look as good as yours. I had to stare at the headboard photo to see where the pieces came from. I'm in awe of your ability to "see" a project in a headboard or scrap pile my friend! Pinned!
I'm constantly looking at furniture everywhere-magazines, stores, online, etc. Then I figure out what I have in my scrap pile that can be used to build it. 🙂
Thank you so much for putting this challenge together, along with the awesome Ryobi giveaway!