What You Need for This Project
How to Build a Plant Pedestal
Cut Panels of Plant Pedestal
Note: You will have a small amount of scrap left over; it can be discarded.
Join Rails & Stiles Together
Build the Sides
Note: It is important to keep the beaded detail parallel to the rails of the sides. This will give a more professional look when finished.
After the glue dries, you are ready to assemble the column.
Assemble the Column
Note: When assembling the sides, the narrow panel is joined to the back of the wide panel.
Repeat with the other panels. Now assemble both of these pieces together to make the column. Take a router with a 45-degree chamfering bit. Run the router down the corners of the pedestal (be careful to not hit any of the nails holding the sides together). This detail will add interest to the finished piece.
Assemble the Bottom
Glue and nail this assembled piece to one end of the column. This forms the bottom of the column. Now, take a 1x4 that is approximately 40 in. long, and rip it to 1-1/4 in. wide to form four pieces.
Route one edge of each board with the same bit that was used on the bottom. Cut and mitre these pieces, and nail and glue them around the column where it attaches to the base. This detail will add decorative interest and visual weight to the base to keep it from looking top-heavy.
Assemble the Top
Sand & Paint
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