Step 5: Reshape the Bottom End of the Pedestal

reshape wood pedestal
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Clamp the pedestal to a work surface with the bottom end hanging over the edge. Fit a hole-saw’s drill bit into the pilot hole you made in Step 4. Drive the saw through the end to cut off the corners, leaving behind a round shape. Sand the cut surface smooth.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a countersink drill bit
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • adjustable clamp
      Speed clamps
    • hole saw
      Hole-saw bit sized to the diameter of the newel post. We used a 3-inch hole saw.
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    Wood rounds. Choose two stain-grade wood rounds for the tabletop and base. The base should be at least 18 inches in diameter.

    Ceiling medallion. Choose one that's slightly smaller in diameter than the base, and make sure the center hole is large enough for the newel post to sit within."

    Vinyl adhesive caulk to seal the medallion to the base.

    Newel post. Choose a post at least 2½ inches in diameter. You’ll cut lengths off each end to make your table the right height, typically 18 to 24 inches.

    220-grit sandpaper.

    Wood glue.

    4-inch lag screws. Get two.

    Primer and semigloss paint.

    Round mirror. Choose one that’s slightly smaller in diameter than the tabletop. It should have a beveled edge.

    Mirror adhesive to seal the mirror to the tabletop.