Beginning miniature furniture makers are often stymied by a lack of turned parts for miniature furniture. Although it is possible to adapt balusters and all kinds of other purpose turned wood and plastic to make miniature furniture, it is a fairly easy process to create the look of a simply designed table pedestal using only miniature or needle files and sandpaper.
The mock-up of a lace table shown here features a pedestal base shaped with files and a test set of tripod legs. The same pedestal design can be used for a range of small occasional tables. Follow the steps on the following pages to experiment with the process and produce a pedestal you can use for a range of custom miniatures.