Trestle Table

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Project by Pat3 posted 10-26-2018 06:39 AM 853 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter asked if I would build her a dining table. We agreed on a Trestle Table design using plans from PW magazine. I used Port Orford Cedar for all the wood. The rough sawn lumber was dimensioned to size using power tools and all joinery was completed using hand tools. All joints were draw bored and wedged tenon joints which are bullet proof.

At some point my daughter asked me to modified the basic design with elements she saw on other websites. I refused to install the full x bracing she wanted on the legs, hence why there is only half of the x bracing. They are ornamental only and provide no structural support. I also had to add bread board ends, my first time doing so. It was a good learning experience

The mortises in the bread boards were hand chiseled. During that process, I somehow broke off a chunk of the mortise chisel handle. A quick call to LN to order a new handle and the rep informed me that they were sending me a replacement handle at no charge. And that is why I will always buy tools from LN. This is not the first time they have stood by their products with me. Kudos to LN, you rock!

The table will be delivered next Friday, woohoo!

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#1 posted 10-26-2018 12:17 PM

I like the Table in Picture 5 as well.

Pat, it looks great! There’s one of these in my future too, thanks for posting. Good to see your work again, it’s always terrific!

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#2 posted 10-26-2018 02:13 PM

That came out nice.

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#3 posted 10-26-2018 04:38 PM

Thanks guys.

Smithy, good to hear from you. It has been a while since I last posted anything.
That pic is also one of my favorites since it is what the original design looks like before the additions were made.
It is a fairly straightforward design and easy table to make. I had a couple of problems with the bread board ends, twice I split open the side of the board during test fitting to the tenons. Port Orford Cedar is very soft, but smells awesome! And I broke another board when it slid off the workbench while I was chiseling the mortises.

I have plans to start making chairs, going to start with the ADB Staked High Stool, then the ADB Staked Chair in Ch 7 and hopefully progress into a Welch Stick Chair.

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#4 posted 10-28-2018 09:38 AM

Aweosme contrasting colours piece…real classic. I like that barn style.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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