Tuscan trestle table

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Project by aurora posted 07-01-2009 01:57 AM 9335 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am an amateur woodworker and I just finished a Tuscan trestle table for a friend’s small Italian restaurant, and thought you might be interested in it.

-made from old salvaged attic floor timbers, lots or worm and powder post beetle borings, very heavy old growth wood
-made to be easily disassembled with no tools as the complete table weighs approximately 500 lbs
-joined together with dovetails, mortises and walnut wedged draw pins
-original design to reflect my friends concentration on simple, authentic hand made foods in his restaurant

table is 31” wide, 9 ft long with a 1.75” thick top
table completely disassembles with a mallet in minutes
top is dovetailed to the leg tops (a tight slide to facilitate expansion, but not loose)
leg tops are mortised to accept the leg upright and held in place by the tops heavy weight (250 lbs)
upright sides are glued up laminates of red oak on a center core of plywood and sides are 3.5” thick
side feet are 5” wide and are mortised to accept the side upright
trestle ends are tenonned into the leg side mortise and pulled tight with wedge draw pins

leg ornamental center sections are book end sawn walnut along with the carved trestle draw pins
trestle center section has my friends name carved in with scroll work

table is finished with a thinned down polyrethane boiled linseed oil mix (multiple rubbed in coats) followed by a bees wax polish

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#1 posted 07-01-2009 02:03 AM

Cool!!! I really like it.

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 02:25 AM

Aurora, I can only hope your friend feeds you well. The table you created looks fantastic. At 500 lbs it’s a darn good thing you so that it could be dissassembled. Do you mind sharing the overall dimensions and explain the process (thought/design/construction) you used?

Great job.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 07-01-2009 02:44 AM

Outstanding work and very creative. Keep up the good work.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 03:03 AM

That is a very nice table with great details. You seem like you would be a good friend to have.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 03:09 AM

Hey Aurora
This is a wonderful table beautiful design a fantastic build very well done.


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#6 posted 07-01-2009 03:34 AM

Very nice table and great craftsmanship.

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#7 posted 07-01-2009 03:48 AM

Well done. Great character in this. I really like it.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#8 posted 07-01-2009 04:06 AM

thanks to all for the great support !!

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#9 posted 07-01-2009 05:39 AM

Not what I would call amateur. This is true craftsmanship, keep up the good work. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 07-01-2009 02:29 PM

I agree with BTKS, this is not an amateur’s work. The joinery is a tell-tale sign of a true craftsman. Well done.

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#11 posted 07-01-2009 02:51 PM

That is a truly incredible piece of work. It is inspiring in your technique and skill. This is very much in keeping with your design goals – a very special Tuscan table.

-- Whatever

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#12 posted 07-01-2009 02:52 PM

I wish… REALLY WISH... that my ”amateur” attempts would turn out this poorly!

Really well done! Keep it up!

-- "Lumber is just sawdust in 'solid' form!"

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#13 posted 07-01-2009 03:15 PM

Very, very fine piece of work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 07-01-2009 04:52 PM


You took a classic design and made it your own. That is true craftsmanship. We can all build a copy of someone else’s work but you created something that is truly your own. I would suggest that you make a sideboard to match and perhaps some chairs then you have a design collection. Great Job!

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#15 posted 07-01-2009 09:44 PM

This is one fine table! You did a great job…
I think the design would also make an awesome work bench!

Nice going

-- -Sleff

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