Kitchen Table

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Project by Vindex posted 07-30-2017 11:04 PM 1473 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished a trestle table for my kitchen. The top is 59 1/2” long and 31 3/8” wide.

The table was designed to address a few problems we had with space in the kitchen. The breakfast nook is too small for a traditional table and chair set, so I built the bench a while back to save space. That worked, but the legs on our existing kitchen table blocked any attempt to slide into the bench. This table is designed to allow people to slide into the bench seats and to maximize the leg room in such a small space.

The table top it made of black walnut, and the base is made of poplar and painted white. I filled the grain on the top, rubbed in some Danish oil, applied a wash coat of shellac, and then applied nine wiped coats of Behlen’s Rockhard Table Top Varnish (I plan to rub out a satin finish once the varnish cures in a month or so).

The joinery for the base was the most difficult part to figure out because I had 3 boards intersecting at the bottom and tops of the legs. The bottom stretcher and feet are half-lapped together, and the legs are attached to the bottom with wedged double mortise and tenon joints going through the lap joint. At the top of the base, the table supports and legs are half-lapped together, and the top stretcher is joined to the legs with sliding dovetails.

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#1 posted 07-31-2017 05:03 PM

This is a very nice kitchen table and the top is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 08-01-2017 01:14 AM

I like the shine on that top.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#3 posted 08-02-2017 11:14 AM

Very nice – I’m trying to picture this joinery and it made my head hurt a bit lol. Nice job on this, really fits the space well both and scale but also design.

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#4 posted 08-02-2017 01:22 PM

Thanks for the compliments, everybody!

Fiddy, here is a sketchup someone made for me on another site as I was trying to figure out the bottom joint myself:

Here are pictures of the top joints:

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