How to Build a Plant Pedestal

Learn how to build your very own wooden plant stand. Follow step-by-step to create your own pedestal to showcase your gorgeous plants outdoors or inside. Get started today!
Skill
Intermediate
Time
Few Hours
Cost
Less Than $500

What You Need for This Project

How to Build a Plant Pedestal

  1. 1

    Cut Panels of Plant Pedestal

    Begin construction by building panels to make the sides of the column. Cut two (33-inch-long) 1x4 pine boards. Rip them into four boards that are 1-1/2 in. wide. Rip another 33-in.-long board into four more boards that are 5/8 in. wide. Rip a 30-in. board to 3 in. and cut into eight 3-5/8-in. lengths. All of these pieces will make the rails and stiles of the sides. 

    Note: You will have a small amount of scrap left over; it can be discarded.
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  1. 2

    Join Rails & Stiles Together

    Take two 1-1/2- x 33-in. boards and two 3-5/8- x 3-in. boards. The longer boards will make the stiles of one side of the pedestal, the shorter boards will make the rails. Join the rails and stiles together with a biscuit joiner to complete one side. Repeat Step Two.
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  1. 3

    Build the Sides

    Now take the two 5/8- x 33-in. boards and two 3-5/8- x 3-in. boards, and make a side, following the process in Step 2. Repeat to complete the last side. Cut the beaded-board paneling into four pieces that measure 4-1/2 x 28 in. with the beaded detail running the longest length. Glue and brad these pieces to the rails and stiles that you just assembled.
    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
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  1. 4

    Assemble the Column

    Glue one wide panel and one narrow panel together and secure with 8d nails.
    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.
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  1. 5

    Assemble the Bottom

    With the biscuit joiner, join two 1- x 6- x 11-in. pine boards, and glue together to form an 11- x 11- x 3/4-in. board. After the glue dries, route the edges of the board with any router bit that suits your taste. Now, rip a 50-inch 1x4 to 3/4 in. wide. Cut and mitre these four pieces to the bottom of the 11- x 11- x 3/4-in. board.
    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.
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  1. 6

    Assemble the Top

    It is now time to assemble the top, which measures 8-1/4 x 8-1/2 x 3/4 in. With the biscuit joiner, join two 1- x 6- x 8-1/4-in. pine boards, and glue together. After the glue dries, rip it to a finished width of 8-1/4 in. To chamfer the top edge, set a table saw at a slight angle, and trim all four sides. The top is now ready to be glued and nailed to the top of the column.
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  1. 7

    Sand & Paint

    First, set and fill all nail holes. Sand the entire column smooth and apply a coat of wood stain. Then, apply a coat of flat exterior latex paint in the colour of your choice. If you want a white-washed look, thin the paint with water. For a distressed look, lightly sand the column again to let the wood show through in places, and then apply a coat of paste wax. Now you can relax and enjoy the pedestal.
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How To Terms

Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors, or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures.

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