X Base Pedestal Table

Submitted by nickfmc on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 08:51

Needed a small table for our new house so I decided to build one, I followed the design fairly close. The only creative difference and I'm going to pretend I meant to do it was that I rotated the squares 90 degrees.

A few tips / things to look out for:

- The angled legs are tricky to line up/attach but you can use alot of woodfiller there to fill in the gaps and you can barely notice it once it is all together.

- When attaching the slats to create the squares for the top, add 5 pocket hole screws to each side, when you go to attach them you will thank me, 3 on each side of them doesn't hold as tight as you need it too.

- on the underside of the top I also added some scrap squares of 1x4 under the small triangles to stop them flexing, attached to the 2x6 with pockethole screws.

- Palm Sander - should be listed as required tool, to level out the top after assembly I went through a pack of 120 grit discs.

- There is not much room for error if you only have 2 8 foot 2x6's so cut them a couple blade widths bigger than you measure and sand them down to exact size.

as I used SPF for the table top I think I am going to get a piece of tempered glass cut for the top to protect the soft wood and give me an easy surface to clean.

Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Cedar 4x4's and Pine for the rest.
Finish Used
Wood Conditioner, Dark Walnut stain 2 coats base 1 coat top, Satin Polyurathane 3 coats top 1 coat base. Only advise here would be to apply your first coat of stain to the base using a rag not a foam brush so you can get into all the corners and angles.
Recommended Skill Level



Thu, 07/25/2013 - 20:17

I used minwax oil based dark walnut stain. But a coat of wood conditioner first seamed to help allot


Fri, 07/26/2013 - 13:52

Thanks, I think the conditioner is an important step - one I've made the mistake of leaving out on way too many occasions!


Wed, 10/09/2013 - 08:25


On the table top did you fill in the seems where the boards meet with wood filler? It looks like there may be something between them and it has a very smooth appearance. I don't really want the gaps to show on mine and was wondering how you got yours to look so smooth.
Great job on the table! and thanks for any help you can give me!



Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:57

I really liked how the inner squares are turned 90 degrees. The table looks less rustic, a bit more polished. I believe your extensive sanding contributed to the finished look.

One bit of advice. You may want to start with a more aggressive sandpaper to make edges flush. You can start with a 60 or 80 grit and then work your way up to 120 or 150.


Sun, 11/20/2016 - 16:42

Hi all, 

I made a table almost identical to this with the top being more farmhouse style. My problem is that a friend of mine offered to buy one of these if I make one for him. I never know what to price things at when asked to make for friends. I always let my feelings of friendship cheapen the cost. I would greatly appreciate some help in what price point to set a table like this at. Thank you in advance for any help.

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