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Project by zaschaffer posted 08-25-2015 01:14 PM 2990 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone!

I recently decided to make a trestle table. I chose Mr. Chaffin’s design and started altering it. Instead of sharp edges everything is super soft. I went to my lumber shed and noticed I had a bunch of nice 5/4 Tiger maple so I made the top from that and surfaced some 8/4 tiger maple down to about 1 3/4” for the base. The top is breadboarded, and is about 1 1/4” thick. Pretty much all the joinery was done with Festool’s Domino XL. I had a weekend to get the thing done so Saturday I got up early and by dark I was putting Oil on it (thats how speedy the domino is)!

Also pictured are my closest neighbors.

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#1 posted 08-25-2015 01:36 PM

I really like it. Makes me think harder about that domino price tag.

-- -David -- Lubbock, TX

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#2 posted 08-25-2015 01:48 PM

Great looking trestle table! Looks like that cow has something on it’s mind! But for me… I’m thinking Stake on the grill tonight!
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 08-25-2015 01:51 PM

Very nice plus bovine approved :)


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#4 posted 08-25-2015 02:29 PM

Good looking table. I love cattle. They are much smarter than most people think.

Years back the neighbor kid build an earth mound to jump his bicycle. After the boy finished riding the first day one of the cows came up to the mound and started to paw at it. Why would a cow care ?

Unplugged behind my shed.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#5 posted 08-25-2015 02:47 PM

Very sharp looking. The maple must look really nice up close.
I accompanied my table with a bench as well. Very useful and so underrated.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#6 posted 08-25-2015 04:24 PM

Nice table and good neighbors too!

Beats holy hell out of “urbania”!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 08-25-2015 05:21 PM

Wow, you really like you steaks rare! Nice looking table.

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#8 posted 08-25-2015 06:35 PM

thanks everyone! I don’t know if smart is a good adjective for cattle. I have countless stories of dumb things cattle have done. maybe I should start writing a book haha. And I have both the 500 and 700 dominos and if they both took a crap on me today I would order another of each!

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#9 posted 08-25-2015 06:44 PM

Another beautiful creation Zach, you do great work.
Looks like that cow is trying to figure out how to sit on the bench, not the right height for her.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 08-25-2015 07:23 PM

Great job! But I think you need to put your skills to use building a house for all that furniture instead of letting it sit outside on the prairie. :)
Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 08-25-2015 07:31 PM

Great looking table and bench , and your closest neighbors might be a lot easier to deal with than mine.

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#12 posted 08-25-2015 07:47 PM

Nice job! I guess you were working on the until ‘the cows came home,’ huh?

Did you use the domino for the breadboard ends? If so, are the breadboard ends designed to keep the table flat, or are they more of a design element? If they are meant to keep the table flat, how is that accomplished with floating tenons?


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#13 posted 08-25-2015 08:55 PM

Hey greg the tennons work like a dowel but they cant rotate so if you put several in it works the same as a breadboard. The dominos fit super snug too so where they are put they will stay. In all actuality a true breadboard would be a bit more stable but I’ve built a ton of tables this way and they don’t give at all.

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#14 posted 08-25-2015 11:13 PM

Looks great!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 08-25-2015 11:15 PM

That is awesome

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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