Cherry trestle table / desk

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Project by bigfrankk posted 07-13-2017 01:16 PM 1480 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a cherry desk I just completed. Like all the projects I make, it was from rough lumber , start to finish with hand tools.

It was enjoyable to make and a relatively simple project. This was my first time making breadboard ends. I put a cherry dowel through the tenons on the breadboard and also the trestle base that i made from hammering a pieces of cherry through a washer lol.

The feet, as you can see, differ from near every other trestle table I have seen in that the bottoms in contact with the floor are flat. Most have the outer edges in contact with the floor and not the center portion. Anyone know if there is a reason for this?

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#1 posted 07-13-2017 01:43 PM

Nice work. Regarding the base, I can think of a couple of reasons for it not to be flat. One is the look. Like tapering legs, etc, it gives the piece a lighter, more polished look. The other is stability. If flat, any unevenness in the floor will make it rock. With the middle relieved, the worst case is that a shim needs to be placed under one corner (or the other corners trimmed) to get it level. Of course you could do that with a flat base, but then it’d be obvious because suddenly there would be a space there.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 07-13-2017 07:50 PM

You did a great job on this beautiful trestle table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-14-2017 01:10 AM

Thanks for the comments! Rich, the reasons you list make sense, thanks!

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Scott Oldre

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#4 posted 07-14-2017 12:50 PM

Rich explained it perfectly. Beautiful table and kudos for completing it with only handtools.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 07-16-2017 02:32 AM

Welcome to Ljs
Super table Frank


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