Well hello there, friends! Fall is back here in the Mitten State and that means more time in the workshop for me. I am incredibly excited to share my newest plan for a rustic pedestal end table! End tables are such a fun project and this one was super affordable, too. It cost me about $30 in lumber for two tables which is pretty great if you ask me. Check out the full walkthrough below to make your own!
- (1) 4 x 4 x 72″
- (5) 2 x 4 x 72″
- (2) 2 x 6 x 96″
- Scrap 1 x 4″ – about 2.5′
- Wood Glue
- 1 3/4″ and 2 1/2″ Wood Screws
- Wood Stain and Polyurethane
Step 1 – Begin Base Assembly
I started this project by attaching these little 1 x 4″ “feet” to the pieces that are used as the legs of the table. To do this, I applied some wood glue, lined them up on the bottom of the angled edges of all the 9″ and 22″ 2 x 4 boards, and attached with my Ryobi Airstrike Brad Nailer. This tool is super versatile and so fun to use – and I’m not even getting paid to say that!
Next, I centered the 22″ board with it’s feet attached onto the 4 x 4 board that will act as the center of the table. I attached this in place with wood glue and 2 1/2″ wood screws for a secure hold. Wood glue acts as an extra bond that can be even strong than screws when applied correctly. Having both makes the integrity of the piece even greater.
I got a little excited and forgot to take a picture of the 9″ pieces being attached, but I lined them up with the 4 x 4 center post and attached with wood glue and 1 3/4″ screws on each side. After that, I began adding the angled 12″ pieces that give this table a cool X shape. The 50° ends go against the center post and the 40° ends sit on the bottom legs. I secured these with wood glue and 1 3/4″ screws as well.
Step 2 – Assemble Top
The table top is made from four of the 2 x 6 boards, lined up to make a square. I used some scrap 1 x 3 pine that I had in my scrap pile cut down to about 17″ to secure the boards together. Just apply some wood glue and screw straight down with 1 3/4″ wood screws. You can see in my picture I did a dry fit of the base to make sure everything lined up.
Step 3 – Attach Pedestal Base to Top
To attach the base to the top, I first drilled screws on an angle through the center post into the top. I then attached four more of the 12″ angled boards in the same way as the others, just into the top instead of the legs. Here you can see my trusty wood glue – always remember to apply this to every joint! Screws are strong but this makes the joints even stronger. Once the base was attached, I flipped it over and sanded the whole thing with 120 and 220 grit sand paper. I then stained it with a coat of Minwax wood stain in “Espresso” and finished with a coat of satin polyurethane. Check out the finished piece:
What do you guys think? I’m so excited to put this one to use. I love the look of the X pedestal. Thank you so much for stopping by to see this build! Let me know if you make one by commenting below. Also, feel free to share to your social media to save the plan for later!