Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Constructing art display pedestals

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In a post last week, I showed you a trip to Lowe's to get tops for art display pedestals. The next step was to put them together.

I had the medium density fiberboard (MDF) cut into squares of 14 by 14 inches and 12 by 12 inches. I managed to get a total of 21 squares out of a 4 foot by 9 foot sheet.

I centered a 12 inch by 12 inch square on a 14 inch by 14 inch square. I glued it down with wood glue and let it sit for 24 hours.

While those were drying, I started working on the pedestal base.

I ordered a stack of 10 cardboard boxes, double walled thickness, 12 inches by 12 inches by 48 inches. It almost cost as much to ship them as it cost for the boxes.

I had selected a few different heights that I wanted to give the display some visual interest. This particular box, I marked 40 inches from the bottom all the way around.

I then used my handy-dandy "as seen on TV ginsu knife" to cut the box. (Yes, that's me in the do-rag at left. I'm either wearing one of those of a baseball cap.)

Voila! Cardboard pedestals with hard tops! The top piece is the 14 by 14 and 12 by 12 combo. A 12 inch by 12 inch piece of MDF is in the inside bottom of the box to help keep it steady. I figured I made 7 for the cost of buying 2 already made.

They're still not done though. I need to make covers and have attachments for glass for the jewelry display pieces.


Diana Zipeto said...

They look great. This is so helpful! Thanks for posting all the details. Could you tell me where you got the boxes? I have found ULINE has some good size lamp boxes, but not double walled. Also, did you glue the tops to the bases? Thanks again.

Kathy said...


I got these from Uline. They do have double walled boxes. I used wood glue to adhere the smaller MDF square to the larger MDF square. Let them sit for 24 hours after gluing. Good luck!

Diana Zipeto said...

Thanks again. I'll let you know if I am successful. Your work looks great.

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