Asked on Nov 21, 2020

How to remove the round tabletop from the pedestal base?

by Louise

I need to remove the 48" round solid oak table top from its base so I can take it out to the deck and sand it. In looking underneath, I think I have to remove the screws in the rectangular piece of wood to get the top off. Seems that piece is attached to the pedestal base, right? If that's so, how heavy is this table top going to be? I won't have to pick up it up because I'll roll it out the door (about 4-5 ft away) to the deck on something to prevent damage to the sides. But still, if it's super heavy, it will be unwieldy. Wondering what to expect and if I can do it myself or should I get help? I'm thinking I should ask for help even in unscrewing those screws because they've been in the table since the very early 80s. Suggestions?

  20 answers
  • A solid oak tabletop will be heavy. Get some help, it would be a shame to drop it and hurt yourself or damage the table.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 21, 2020

    Place a large drop cloth or a tarp on the deck and spread it open, then roll your table out with help, if you can get it. Then put the table on the cloth upside down. I agree with you those screws on the rectangular piece are part of the key to removing the pedestal base.

    There might be a chance the pedestal is screwed into the top, you'll have to try to get the screws out and go from there.Hopefully it will just come right off. Best to you.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 21, 2020

    if you take the screws out of the board the base should come with it unless it is glued on- you would need to turn it upside down to do this

    I would get help because the table and base will be very heavy and then you will have to get it put back together...

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 21, 2020

    turn the table upside down and start by removing the wood piece screws and the base should come right off- if you had help getting it outside, I would try sanding it without removing the base if you can

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 21, 2020


    It is probably stuck and has a central screw fitting. Maybe if you had help you could manage to take it out sideways with a little tipping and turning without undoing anything .

    Best of luck!

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 21, 2020

    Hi, looks like you need to remove the board with the screws, it shouldn't be too heavy to move, but you could use a blanket on flooring or cardboard to slide it across a rug to the deck, hope your refinish looks great!

  • William William on Nov 21, 2020

    The pedestal is screwed to the rectangular base. Unscrew the rectangular board. The top can be quite heavy. Get some help if you can. If you must do it yourself roll it out on some cardboard so not to damage the edge.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 21, 2020

    Hello. I would turn the table upside down and examine the connection points to discover the way to disengage.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 21, 2020

    There are likely screws up under that flat board, you have to reach into there to unscrew it.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Nov 21, 2020

    I believe the wood piece that's screwed to the top is the place where it's fastened. Speaking from experience, it's easier to turn it upside down and then remove the base. The tabletop is heavy, and it's the safest way. Save the screws in a baggie, or you will be looking for replacements! Good luck!

  • on Nov 22, 2020

    definitely get help. It will be safest when you unscrew the base to have more hands there - or turn the table upside down would be best. It’s a big table and will be heavy.

  • Em Em on Nov 22, 2020

    Your guess on the top about removing the screw seems correct. If you have to roll it, put down blankets and it won't scratch the wood or your floor.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Nov 22, 2020

    Hi Louise, I would try turning it if possible. If may have a large, heavy duty screw in it that is keeping it anchored to the base.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 22, 2020

    My table came with leaves to make it bigger. It is attached with the glider for the leaf. It is very heavy without the leaf. Get some help you do not want to injure yourself.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Nov 22, 2020

    You just need to figure out how they put it together. Normally a few screws will hold a base to a top.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Nov 23, 2020

    Are there screws?

    • Louise Louise on Nov 23, 2020

      Yes, if you'll check the photo, you'll see screws on the rectangular board at the top of the pedestal.

  • Annie Annie on Nov 24, 2020

    Perhaps leave it on the base and get help to take outside.

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Nov 28, 2020

    There should be screws. If you can't find them, leave it on the base and move it outside.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Nov 30, 2020

    There is a screw ..all you need is to turn that leg and all will get loose

  • Amir Hyman Amir Hyman on Jan 03, 2023

    To remove a round tabletop from a pedestal base, you will need to follow these steps:

    1. Gather the necessary tools. You will need a screwdriver or drill with a drill bit that matches the size of the screws that hold the tabletop to the base.
    2. Turn the tabletop upside down and locate the screws that secure it to the pedestal base. These screws are usually found at the center of the tabletop, where the pedestal base is attached.
    3. Using the screwdriver or drill, loosen and remove the screws that hold the tabletop to the base. Depending on the design of the pedestal base, there may be one or two screws, or there may be more.
    4. Once all of the screws have been removed, gently lift the tabletop off of the pedestal base. You may need to wiggle it slightly to loosen it from the base.
    5. If the tabletop is stuck or difficult to remove, you may need to use a pry bar or other tool to gently lift it off of the base. Be careful not to damage the tabletop or base while doing this.
    6. Once the tabletop is removed, you can set it aside and store it or use it for another purpose. If you need to reattach the tabletop to the base at a later time, simply reverse the steps above to attach it.