$40 Trestle Table

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Blog series by Craftsman on the lake updated 05-17-2011 10:24 PM 4 parts 10389 reads 18 comments total

Part 1: Rachael Ray type planning

05-05-2011 08:30 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 7 comments »

If you ever want to get a group of women to take notice then roll their eyes and leave. As they are talking about cooking interrupt and say “Well, according to Rachael Ray….”. Or don’t try it. They usually don’t like it. So, what does this have to do with a trestle table? Rachael does her “eat on $40 dollars a day” program. Or at least she used to. My niece is moving into a new apartment and mentioned that she would like a new kitchen table. She&#...

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Part 2: Trestle Legs

05-08-2011 11:53 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 6 comments »

Recap: I’ve made the top and now it’s the legs. This is a Trestle kitchen table being designed on the fly as I go using $40 worth of framing lumber (spruce) from Lowes. The past couple of days I managed to get the legs made. I have no plan, just winging it as I go along. The only thing I did was measure my own kitchen table in the house to make sure I get the height right for standard kitchen chairs to use with it..Each of two legs is made of three sections of 2×6 spruce j...

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Part 3: Nearly finished; spent another $7, oh well...

05-13-2011 12:55 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 4 comments »

Ah well, I seem to have skipped a few steps. The table started to come together so fast I probably should have had an interim post in here. It’s all assembled now. Since the last post I glued up the legs and top/bottom braces and made the cross brace and pegs that hold it to the legs. I must say that when a table like this is assembled it certainly is hefty and rigid. The pegs really hold the cross brace in tightly.. I attached the top to the top braces with four insert nuts ...

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Part 4: Last entry. She wants benches too

05-17-2011 10:24 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 1 comment »

History: This is about the making of a trestle table for someone out of framing lumber (spruce) designing it on the fly. The past couple of afternoons I produced a couple of benches to go with the trestle table I made in previous installments of this blog. Here they are pretty much finished. When everything is finished off and sitting in a kitchen I’ll get a picture and post it as a finished project. I’ve made a lot of stuff but it’s kind of fun just cutting wood an...

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