Hickory Dining Room Trestle Table #1: Fabricate Legs

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Blog entry by PPK posted 04-08-2019 05:17 PM 283 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Remember my blog series on the counter height dining chairs?

Well, here’s the next step in the dining room master plan: The table.

I spent the last oh, couple years dreaming up the design. I drew up some sketches that aren’t exactly worthy of sharing here, but that have dimensions that I can follow. The table will look more or less like this one from Amish Materials will be mostly hickory, and some walnut accents again.

First step in construction:
I started a year or so ago to build the table legs. Apparently I didn’t take pictures, but they are plain, square legs, 3.”
They are made from 4 pcs. of wood, lock miter joint to fasten them into a square.

I got a couple of pics from my morris chair, so here’s what it looks like:

I started cutting tenons on the legs next. They are thru tenons.

Next up is the table top. Then I’ll do a post on the frame.

-- Pete

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#1 posted 04-08-2019 05:19 PM

I love the way you did your table legs. I will be using that technique from now on!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 04-09-2019 06:13 AM

Starting to like that design, thinking/planning computer desk currently but may have to break down and pick up a power mortiser? I remember the hand chopping on my bench all to well! Was leaning to Cherry but that Hickory looks so good! Might have to do a price comparison, other option are some Birch that I have kicking around. Will be watching your progress.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 04-09-2019 01:02 PM

Hickory isn’t bad price. Cheaper than cherry up here in my neck of the woods. Often I can get it for less than $4/BF for 4/4. I like how hard it wears too. Hard to dent hickory!

Mortising machine makes life so much easier. I use mine very often. I don’t have a real good router jig for making mortises, so my mortising machine gets lots of work.

-- Pete

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