by Wade Shaddy, Demand Media
Almost all tables supported on a single pedestal are delicate. They are top-heavy and can sometimes lack adequate bracing. In addition, they get tipped over, furthering their inevitable demise, and they get wobbly. This is a common problem that happens to almost all small end tables with a single pedestal. It happens to a lesser degree with larger dining tables, which usually have more support, larger posts and a better design. If the you have a pedestal table that acts as if it were drunk, wobbling back and forth, perform an intervention. Get it some help.
- Tip the table upside down. Examine it for loose plates, screws or brackets. If you find any, tighten them using a drill/driver. If the screw is stripped, drill another hole beside it using a 3/32-inch drill bit and drill/driver. If there’s a metal plate or bracket, use the same bit to drill through it too; it will work fine.
- Place 1 1/4-inch screws in all the new holes and drive them in tight. Examine the remaining doweled or mortised parts. Look for joints where two pieces of wood are joined together. There may be feet on the end of the pedestal. There will be joints where the feet are attached.
- Drill through every joint using a 3/8-inch brad-tipped drill bit. Drill diagonally through the joint at any angle. If the joint is too thick to drill all the way through, just drill into the joint to a depth of at least 1 1/2-inch. If the joint is more than 3 inches in diameter, drill another hole in it from an opposing angle.
- Inject glue into all the holes. Tap a 3/8-by-3-inch spiral-cut dowel into all the holes. Use a hammer to tap the dowel so that it protrudes out both sides of the hole on smaller joints. Tap it in until it stops on larger joints. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.
- Cut off the protruding ends of the dowels using a coping saw. Sand the rough end of the dowel using 100-grit sandpaper. Color the ends of the dowels to match the existing stain using a stain marker.
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- 3/32-inch drill bit
- 1 1/4-inch wood screws
- 3/8-inch brad-tipped bit
- 3/8-by-3-inch spiral-cut dowels
- Coping saw
- Stain marker
- If possible, depending on the configuration of the pedestal, try to get clamps on the joints. It’s not always possible, but it can help to bond the joints together.
- Wear safety glasses when working with wood.
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