Farmhouse style trestle table with 4" top

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Project by conradgt76 posted 03-11-2015 05:45 PM 6731 views 46 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first commissioned piece that I finished in December of ‘14.

It looks smaller than it is because of the thickness of the pieces. The edges of the top are 4” thick and the legs are 4”x6”.

The wood is cedar and the joints are all pegged mortise and tennon. No screws, No nails, and the only glue used was for making the top, but the breadboard ends are pegged.

The only metal is two bead bolts that hold the stretcher to the end leg assemblies. This was done so that it could be disassembled for transportation. So the base is three peices and the top is mortised to sit on the base and eliminates the need for a skirt. Once the stretcher is cinched, the 100+ lb top does not move.

The whole table is designed to allow the top to move. The breadboard ends for example, have one tight peg in the center and horizontally loose pegs on each side of center. After about a month in a climate controlled house in winter, the top has shrunk 1/8” on each side. There is no checking, the ends and base allowed the top to contract naturally.

side note, there are a few things i would change about the finished table, one obvious thing is the darkness of the end-grain on the bb ends. that was sanded to 600 grit, the rest of the table was sanded to 220.

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#1 posted 03-11-2015 07:07 PM

That looks bomb proof! I use my kitchen table as my workbench, I need a dining table like this. What finish did you use?

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#2 posted 03-11-2015 07:14 PM

Outstanding farm table. Nice design and joinery.

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#3 posted 03-11-2015 07:38 PM

That thing looks great! I would hate to have to move it though! LOL!

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#4 posted 03-11-2015 08:27 PM

It’s cedar. Probably have to leave a cast iron pot on top to keep it from floating away LOL

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#5 posted 03-11-2015 10:17 PM

Thanks guys, im new to the site and didn’t realize people would see the project unless i provided a link. Now i’m glad i wasn’t judged too harshly :P

Siavosh, They wanted a rustic/reclaimed look, so I sanded heavily on the softer grain, leaving a lot of undulation on the surface. so i used lacquer to build up an even coat across the uneven surface.
The picture is before it cured, so before i rubbed out the top. I used a generic stain that the customer picked out

Even though it is cedar, its pushing 200lbs, but It breaks down into four pieces which makes it pretty easy to move.

these are the last two photos i was going to upload until i realized that it would only allow 6. It just shows how i jointed the 4×6 beams before glued up the top.

and this Is what I started with.

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#6 posted 03-11-2015 10:49 PM

The last cedar project of mine, where end grain mattered i coated with “wood conditioner” otherwise known as dewaxed shellac. I let it dry over night and the end grain worked out at about the same color as the rest. But at any rate that is a great looking table. How many different designs did you consider before you picked this one?

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#7 posted 03-11-2015 11:19 PM

That’s one beefy looking table,glad I don’t have to move it :) Nice work.
Normally sanding to 600 grit might work on end grain, a conditioner will help too . It can be shellac,thinned down water water base finish or an actual store bought conditioner. In any case it’s always best to do a test on some scraps and see what results you get.


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#8 posted 03-11-2015 11:43 PM

Nice table! – i still need to try the breadboard ends on a project
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#9 posted 03-11-2015 11:45 PM

Man that is a massive table! Definitely gunna last awhile!

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#10 posted 03-12-2015 12:40 AM

That is a beautiful piece. You did justice to the wood.

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#11 posted 03-12-2015 01:29 AM

This is amazing. I am actually in the works of designing a farmhouse table for a couple, and they want a chevron style top. I absolutely love the beefiness of the legs, Great work!

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#12 posted 03-12-2015 01:53 AM

Great table love the large design

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#13 posted 03-12-2015 02:43 AM

I wish I had those skills

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#14 posted 03-12-2015 03:08 AM

i appreciate the encouragement.

thanks for the conditioner tip also.
a1jim hit the nail right on the head, i should always do a test piece instead of thinking: “600 grit will burnish it enough.”

and oltexasboy1, i can not count how many plans, designs, and pictures i considered before deciding on this one. HECK, the table is done and paid for and I STILL haven’t decided thats the way i want to do it… lol, i guess i’m a little neurotic.

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#15 posted 03-12-2015 03:41 AM

That table looks great. It will last a life time!

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