Wooden Tiered Serving Plates & Pedestal Dishes (Tutorial)
This last year I started making and selling pedestal dishes that I put together with various vintage plates and candlesticks/upside down goblets etc. On one of my thrift store outings I came across a stack of large wooden plates (6 for a dollar) and had an idea I could do something cool with them. I began picking up other wooden pieces and pretty soon I had enough to come up with some really fun configurations. Knowing that glue wouldn’t hold up well enough for what I wanted to do with them, I consulted my husband (also known as “He-who-has-much-knowledge”) about the best way to go about this project. After a trip to the hardware store I got going on some super fun wood pedestal and tiered serving dishes.
Aren’t they awesomeness itself? Wanna make some for yourself?
It doesn’t matter if they match because you are going to paint them later. You also need some Dowel Screws or Hanger Bolts. They are both about the same thing. They both have screw threads on two ends turning in opposite directions so that two things can screw into each other meeting in the middle. (Does that make sense?) Here’s a picture to clarify. I found these at Lowe’s.
Here’s how you are going to put together a tiered serving dish.
First drill a starter hole that is slightly smaller than the dimension of your dowel screw into the center of your base then screw one end of the dowel screw into the base. (Sorry no picture of this step.) Next you are going to drill a hole through the largest plate. This hole needs to be slightly larger than the diameter of the screw because you are going to slip it over to sit on top the base. Then you are going to drill a starter hole into the bottom of the candlestick (piece #3) that is slight smaller than the screw diameter. This gives the screw threads something to “bite” into.
To make a single pedestal dish you would do the same as step one by putting a dowel screw into the top of your pedestal base. Then you need to carefully drill (not all the way through!) as deep as you can into the plate without compromising the surface so you can screw the plate on the other end of the dowel screw. Prime and paint!
A reader’s comment just made me realize that I forgot to mention about paint and food! Okay, the final step after painting is to seal it with a poly sealant. Give it a couple of good coats. Here is a paragraph I borrowed from Chowhound that explains about food contact surfaces…
The FDA publishes guidelines on what it considers safe for food contact surfaces. It’s a huge document: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2003/aprqtr/pdf/21cfr175.300.pdf From what I can tell, every consumer-grade clear finish available at your local hardware store meets these standards once the finish has dried.
After all, there are a lot of painted dining room tables out there and we don’t think twice about it, right? That being said, I personally, would probably use something like doilies and cupcake liners to put food on the pedestal dishes. This will not only keep food from coming in contact with something that might be harmful but help keep them cleaner and look cute too!