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square display pedestals for studios

updated sun 10 oct 04


claybair on sat 9 oct 04

A good friend of mine adopted a very lightweight
and collapsible system of pedestals.
He uses heavy duty cardboard boxes.
He cut squares of wood and places them on
top. Both the box and wood is painted white.

Hauling, tear down and packing is fast, simple
and compact. At the end of the show the boxes
are quickly folded, easy to carry and takes up
minimal space in your van/truck/car.

Note - extra pots or weights can be placed inside
them if you have wind or tipping concerns.

Gayle Bair
Bainbridge Island, WA
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Randy McCall"
>I have admired the way Ben Owen uses the square white
>pedistals for his studio. Can you build these or can you
>buy them somewhere all ready built?


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wjskw@BELLSOUTH.NET on sat 9 oct 04

Lightweight pedestals can be made very inexpensively.

Cut cardboard and form a box of your desired dimensions.
The cardboard you use should be of sufficient quality, and
never have been wet (as in left out in the rain wet)
Using liquid nails, or some form of liquid tube adhesive, glue
layers of cardboard together to at least three or four thick, on
each wall of the box or pedestal you're building.
Do this on the _inside_ of the box or pedestal, so that corner
edges on the outside are preserved as "flowing" from one side to
the next adjacent, and your final size remains the same. If needed
you can seal the corners and edges with brown paper carton sealing
tape for a finished look.

Once the glue has dried, coat the entire outside of the box or
pedestal with at least two coats of fiberglas resin (available in=20
home centers and auto part stores.) More is better. The resin may
be applied with a disposable paint roller. You might wish to buy a
disposable tray as well. The resin will set fairly rapidly, so you
will have to work quickly. Read the directions on the container for
more information.

Once the resin has set completely, you can paint or cover the unit
with your choice of materials. That's up to you.

Lightweight, strong, cheap. There was an article some 35 or so
(more?)years ago in a magazine, showing people building kids bedroom
furniture from old appliance cartons that way. I want to say it was
Mother Earth News, but I'm not sure any more...

I DO remember building a shelving unit and a coffee table that way.
Very strong stuff, easily moved because it weighed almost nothing.
I also remember using pockets and pieces from old denim jeans, and
adhering them to the final coat of resin on the outside for a
patchwork effect. Ahhhh, those old hippy days . I did the
entire outside of a VW Beetle the same way, but that's another

Four layers thick will definitely be strong enough to hold a few
pots. We put our stereo and big honking speakers on the shelving
unit, along with tons of books, plants and other, (ahem)
"paraphernalia" without a collapse. I think we kept ours about ten
years, then gave them away.

Wayne Seidl

Kathi LeSueur on sat 9 oct 04

We made pedestals from Luann board covered with indoor outdoor
carpeting. You can get Luann at Home Depot or Lowes. It's very light

To make them we cut the Luann into panels and then attached them to one
continuous strip of carpet that wraps around the panels of each end. We
reinforced the end seam with duct tape. Stand them up in a square form
and use velcro to hold them together. The top is 1/4 inch masonite
painted with porch paint. We've used these at both indoor and outdoor
shows for 5 years.