Gallery Pedestal

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Project by rance posted 06-27-2012 06:25 AM 2570 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are a group of us that show some of our work at a gallery and we have pedestals that we built and use. I was asked by a friend if I could build him one for a bronze statue with a marble base.

Most of these are built as a simple 2×2 frame, screwed together. Then hardboard(masonite) is used to cover the frame. The corners are rounded(1/4” radius), joint compound applied to cover brad nail holes & any cracks. Lastly, they are sprayed white. Obviously there is some sanding involved throughout the process.

Since he was putting something larger than what we normally place on these, I went with 3/16” rather than the normal 1/8” hardboard. I beefed up the top and bottom of the frame(evident in pic #4). In this one I also added a cleat across the center of the top for a little extra support(seen in pic #4), and I’m glad I did. As it turns out, the statue and base as they were shipped to him, came in at 200 lbs. I know that some of that was packing, but the marble base was almost 4” thick.

This was also the first project that I was able to use an HVLP spray unit(not mine). The guy who’s shop I spend a lot of time at is leading me along in the area of spray finishing. I love the gun that he uses. It is one of the Apollo units. I’m in the process of putting together a spray system for myself. I sure like using his gun until I get mine going.

These are great for showcasing workpieces.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 09:23 AM

I don’t think anyone would guess what this was made of unless they were told. It really looks much better in person. Oh, and it was finished in a couple days. A record for a project, eh? Other than a pen of course. Well, most of them.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 11:35 AM

Hi Rance;

Really fine job. Great looking finish.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 12:52 PM

Beautiful display box. It sure does make a difference how you display your pieces!
Nice job of building and finishing!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 04:04 PM

Thanks guys. Rod, it took 3 days. :) I look forward to the day when I can build a project with no mistakes in the process.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 06:44 PM

Having made these myself I can confirm that your time has been well spent.

Looks perfect as a good gallery pedestal should.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 01:13 AM

The term “lumberjock” just doesn’t fit you, rance. I feel awed that I am allowed to share cyber space with you and many of the other guys here. You, my good man, are an artiste’.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#7 posted 06-28-2012 01:16 AM

Really smooth, and super place to showcase a project

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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