How to Build a Pedestal

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To place something on a pedestal is to give that object special recognition and make it stand apart. Plants, statues and works of art rest on these raised platforms to create a focal point and draw attention to that special object. You can build a custom pedestal for your special piece with almost any material. A wooden pedestal can be built in only a little time and can be shaped and colored to highlight the item that will rest upon it.

Things You'll Need

  • Tube Of Construction Adhesive
  • Drop Cloth
  • Nail Set
  • 2 Pieces Of Plywood, 5/8 Inch By 18 Inches By 18 Inches
  • 4 Pieces Of Plywood, 5/8 Inch By 36 Inches By 12 Inches
  • 6D Finishing Nails
  • 2 Pieces Of Plywood, 5/8 Inch By 15 Inches By 15 Inches
  • Latex Paint
  • Hammer
  • Caulk Gun
  • Wood Putty
  • Natural Bristle Paint Brush, 1/2 Inch

Lay one of the 36-inch pieces of plywood onto a flat surface. Stand another 36-inch piece of plywood next the the edge of the first. Flush the ends of the 2 boards and drive nails through the standing board and into the edge of the flat board to secure the two pieces of wood together. Flip the structure so that the second board is laying flat. Stand a 26-inch board next to the edge of the board on the ground, flush the ends and nail the boards together. Roll the structure again and nail on the final 36-inch board to the third. Roll the piece once more and nail the first board to the fourth creating a 12-inch by 12-inch square tube that is 36 inches long. Drive the bead of each nail below the surface of the wood with your nail set.

Stand the tube on its end. Apply a bead of construction adhesive to the top edges of the square tube using your caulk gun. Place a 15-inch square of plywood on top of the tube. Maneuver the 15-inch board so that it is centered on the standing structure. Nail the 15-inch square to the tube by driving 2 nails through the top piece and into each side of the square frame below. Wipe away any excess adhesive from the outside of the seam using your finger.

Load your caulk gun with a tube of construction adhesive. Apply 2 sets of parallel lines of construction adhesive onto the top of the 15-inch board to form a pound sign (#). Place an 18-inch square board onto the top of the 15 inch board. Center the 18-inch board on the smaller board below. Drive 4 finishing nail through the 2 pieces of wood to form a diamond shape 5 inches from the center of the top board. Countersink the heads of the nails using your nail set.

Flip the entire structure, apply adhesive, center the remaining 15-inch board and fasten it into place with finishing nails. Apply adhesive, center the remaining 18-inch board on the top of the 15-inch board and secure the boards with nails. Countersink the nail heads in the 18-inch board.

Place the pedestal onto your drop cloth. Apply a coat of paint to the entire structure except the bottom which is resting on the floor. Rinse your paint brush and allow the paint to dry completely. Apply a second coat, rinse your brush and allow the paint to dry completely. Add a third coat of paint to the pedestal and allow it to dry completely before removing the pedestal from the drop cloth and using it in your home.