Minimalist Modern Dining Table Pedestal for Round or Square Tabletop

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Build your own modern table base pedestal for a round or square table!  This is a free project plan with step by step diagrams, instructional video and shopping and cut lists.  It's easy to customize to use as a coffee table base or change the size for a different base.  Pairs well with 48", 54" and 60" round tabletops.  Free plans from

Why I Build this Modern Pedestal for a Round or Square Tabletop

I have been dreaming of building this base for a long time - it is so beautiful and with the solid design, minimizes the overall business of a room, as chair legs are hidden.

I had a 60" round dining table top that I built a few years ago, and thought this would be the perfect chance to upgrade the base, give it an overall new look, and try out a new plan design.

Here's the dining table without chairs, I am using it paired with my easy to building dining banquette that I built last year.

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Here's the dining table paired with chairs

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Can you see how this base doesn't look busy with chairs?  I love that about this dining table base!


How I Built this Modern Pedestal Dining Table Base - Video Tutorial

This is actually a pretty substantial project and quite heavy.  I wanted it to feel solid, not like a hollow core door, so I built it using 3/4" plywood.  You could also use pine project panels if matching a pine or softwood tabletop.

Here's a video showing how I built this dining table base.


Building a Round Dining Table Top with Basic Tools

We also built the round dining table top a few years ago.  It has held up very well and we are happy with it.  Here's the tutorial on building a round dining table top with video.


Free Plans to Build this Modern Pedestal Base

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Minimalist Modern Dining Table Pedestal for Round or Square Tabletop

dimensions for modern round dining table top
Base is suitable for 48", 54" and 60" tabletop


Shopping List
  • 1 - 48", 54" or 60" round tabletop, 1-1/2" thickness (free tutorial here)
  • 1 sheet of 3/4" plywood in matching wood veneer
  • 10 feet of 1x4 boards, square edge, matching wood species
  • 1-1/4" brad nails
  • 1-1/4" pocket hole screws
  • wood glue
  • mending plates if tabletop is 1-1/2" thick
Cut List
  • 4 - 3/4" plywood @ 16" wide x 28-1/2"
  • 4 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-1/4" wide x 28-1/2"
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 28-1/2"
  • plywood scraps to reinforce, 2" wide
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Rip the plywood into two strips 16" wide and one strip 15-1/4" wide.

Then cut the strips into 8 pieces, all 28-1/2" long.

You'll need a fourth piece that is 15-1/4" wide, so rip one of the 16" wide pieces down.

Step 2

Drill 3/4" pocket holes along one edge of the 15-1/4" wide pieces as shown.

Build four leg sets as shown, joining one of the 15-1/4" wide pieces to one of the 16" wide pieces.

Step 3

Join the four leg sets together with the 1x4s on the ends with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 4

Reinforce the joints with scrap 3/4" plywood pieces and 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 5

Add mending plates to the top to attach the tabletop.

For a tabletop that is only 3/4" thick at attachment points, pieces of scrap 3/4" plywood can be used instead of the mending plates.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
I filled nail holes with wood filler and let dry.
Sand the project well with 120 grit sandpaper. Then sand with a fine grit sandpaper. Remove all sanding residue.
Finish Used
I used a watered down white paint, wiped off after application.
I used a polyurethane to seal the top.