Faux Stone Pedestal Made from Plywood scraps

Submitted by bluejazz on Mon, 07/04/2011 - 06:52
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Stone Pedestals can add a flair (and height) to any show piece, indoors or out. But they can be expensive and heavy. This plan allows your to use plywood to create a pedestal that looks like stone.

10 X 10 X 8


Shopping List

About 4 feet by 2 feet of Plywood
4 feet of Molding of your choice
Primer (interior or interior/exterior depending on use)
Valspar Stone Paint -Lowes carries it.
Krylon 'Make it Last' paint overcoat

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
Cut List

4 Sides: 10 X 7 (or 6) X 3/4
1 bottom 10 X 10 X 3/4
1 Top 11 X 11 X 3/4
4 pieces of molding of your choice 10 long (measure box for this exact dimension)

Cutting Instructions

The process for making the stand is not complicated, but as designed does require bevel cuts. I felt a butt joint showing end-grain would likely detract from the stone look, even after painting. If you really don't feel comfortable with the bevel cuts you could try it with straight cut butt joints. As you'll see the stone paint covers pretty thickly; it may hide the end-grain. Of course, you'll want to test this first.

I made the sides 7 inches tall. I have the luxury of a table saw which made this pretty straightforward. If I was to to make this with my very basic miter saw, I would made the sides a max of a 6 inches tall. Some miter saws can cut bevels as large as 6 5/8. Check your saw and your desired height to choose this dimension.

Tape Measure
Miter Saw
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Cut four pieces of ¾ plywood to a dimension of 7” (or your chosen height) by 10”, The 10” dimension is measured to the longest part of the beveled board as shown.

Step 2

Stand the 4 pieces on the 10 inch dimensions, glue and clamp them together creating a 4 sided open box. A biscuit jointer, if you have one makes alignment easier, but is not necessary.

Step 3

Cut the bottom to a nominal 10 X 10. Measure your box. Make sure you cut the bottom no bigger than the distance between the opposite sides. Being 1/16 or so too small will not hurt as the molding will overhang the bottom of the sides, Being 1/16 too big could cause problems with attaching the molding.

Set one side flush to the one side and don’t worry too much about flushness on the other 3 sides, as long as they are shorter, not longer than the sides. Glue or nail the bottom to the sides.

Step 4

Cut the top to 11 X 11. This dimension is not critical as long as your pot will fit on it. Attach with glue or nails (or both) Run some sandpaper across the top outside edge to soften the edge.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach the four molding pieces around the bottom outside of the pedestal with brad nails. Admittedly its not very impressive at this stage. The painting process changes everything.

Step 7

First use a primer to put down a base coat similar to the stone paint color. Then just spray the stone paint over the primer and your project will be pretty much complete.

Step 8

I added a couple of final coats of a product made by Krylon called ‘Make it Last’. It is a clear coat that protects the stone paint from the outside weather.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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