I love pedestal tables. But the design can get pretty complicated. I wanted this table to have a beautiful design, but still be quick and easy enough to build with just a Miter Saw. The best part is the material costs. You can build 2 of these for less than $100. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Step 1: Assemble 2 X-shaped Bases
This table was built primarily with 1x3 dimensional lumber and my Miter Saw. I used Select Pine. The X-shaped Base and Top are exactly the same, except the bottom X gets feet.
You can download the Printable Plans and see the full tutorial on my site, here.
Step 2: Assemble the Post and Attach to X Bases
3 - 1x3's are glued and brad nailed together to make the post. Pocket holes and glue are used to attach the X Base and Top to the post.
Step 3: Use Wood Filler, Sand, and Finish Table
Cove Molding, 1/2" x 3/4" Pine, and 2x2's are used to finish off the design. Fill all nail holes and gaps with wood filler. Then sand everything smooth before finishing. When I'm painting wood, I only finish to 120 or 150-grit. When staining, I'll go to 220 on Pine.
I finished the table with 2 shades of paint to get a distressed look. A cream color was applied to the whole table. Then a slightly darker light grey color was lightly dry brushed on with a chip brush. I then went back and lightly brushed the original cream back over that.
I finished with 2 coats of water-based poly in Matte.
Step 4: Distress and Attach Round Top
The top is a pre-made wood round sold at Home Depot and Lowes. Buying this instead of making one speeds this whole build up and they're pretty cheap too. To give it a more finished look, I distressed the wood round with a small screwdriver and hammer. Then applied 2 coats of Watco Danish Oil in Medium Walnut.
You can watch a 1-minute look at how I finished the top above.