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Attaching table top to pedestal base

Tac4's picture

Hey guys and girls,

Anybody know the best way to attach a table top to a pedestal base? The top is 13/16 thick. Any suggestions will be appreciated.


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darbywoods's picture

(post #105458, reply #1 of 5)


I make tables for sale.  What I use are figure 8's.  you have a metal fastener with 2 holes in it.  I use a 3/4 fostner bit on the rails and stiles to drill a hole about 1/8" deep.  then I predrilled for a #8 screw and then attached the table with a 8 screw from the bottom.  I get the part at Woodcraft. they are $3.50 for 10.


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David Shafron



SCFrankland's picture

(post #105458, reply #2 of 5)

Take a look at the attached picture it should help you out.  I have to run now I am late for work.  But if this is what you are looking for I will go into more details.

Scott C. Frankland

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JohnWW's picture

(post #105458, reply #3 of 5)


In many traditional and contemporary designs, an intermediate top is attached to the top of the pedestal.  Because it will be hidden by the finished top, this allows you to use whatever hardware works best to solidly attach the intermediate top to the relatively limited surface area of the pedestal.  Usually screws or bolts are driven downward into the top edge of the pedestal, or a threaded rod anchored into the intermediate top is brought out through the base of the pedestal and tightened with a nut.

For strength and simplicity, Baltic birch plywood is a good choice for the intermediate top, but solid wood will work also.  The intermediate top can run out close to the edge of the finished top, in which case it can be used to reinforce the finished top, or it can be quite a bit smaller.  An added benefit is that you can use the edge of the intermediate top to support an apron. 

Once the intermediate top is attached to the pedestal, the finished top can then be attached with screws from below or you can use any of the clips meant to attach table tops to table bases while allowing for expansion and contraction of the top. 

Hope this helps, John W.

John White Shop Manager for FWW Magazine, 1998 to 2007

Tac4's picture

(post #105458, reply #4 of 5)

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll probably use a subtop bolted to the base. After doing a little sketching, it seems that will work the best for this application.

The table in question is  36" round with a 4"turned pedestal and serpentine feet, 27" tall. The top is 7/8" birdseye maple with a dark finish. It has a pretty traditional look and the subtop will be in keeping with that.  I'll post pictures when I get it done. It might be a while, though.

Thanks again,


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I am not a liberal.

Buzzsaw's picture

(post #105458, reply #5 of 5)


  I was just wondering what you mean by an apron? I have a base that is wrought-iron and need to attach my new maple top to it.  I think I should also use a sub-base and attach the sub-base to the base and then the subbase to the top.  Any suggestion on what type of wood to use for the sub-base? Also, I'm very interested on the best way to fasten the sub-base to the table top..thanks..



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