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Project by gyro posted 07-11-2019 10:16 PM 416 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I moved to a small farm in northern Colorado several years ago and have always wanted to learn woodworking. The house, outbuildings, and barn are over 90 years old and there is a lot of lumber stored on the property. As my first project, I decided to use some of this lumber to make a rustic trestle table to begin to learn the basics of woodworking and joinery. I am ignorant about wood species, but I am guessing that the wood is pine or fir. I decided to add a couple boards with ‘live’ edges to the table for more character. Though there were many missteps along the way, I am pretty pleased with the outcome and my wife and daughter like it.





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swirt

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#1 posted 07-12-2019 02:48 AM

Looks like a great results on a first project.

I like your method of attaching the top with the pegs. I can see from the photos that the holes are elongated to allow for movement.

The stretchers that run just beneath the table top, are they fixed to the top or are they just fixed to the trestles?

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PaxJen

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#2 posted 07-12-2019 02:15 PM

Nice and solid. I like it. I am sure you elongated the hole in the tenons for the breadboard pegs.

-- Pax - Maryland

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pottz

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#3 posted 07-12-2019 05:11 PM

as a first project i dont think id say you were a beginner this table shows some real skill,id say you have a knack for woodworking.i love the rustic look with the live edge and knots,great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 07-12-2019 07:07 PM

How did you attach those bread board ends? From what I see of the rest I think you did them correctly.

It is good to use this stash, looks like good wood.

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gyro

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#5 posted 07-12-2019 08:01 PM

Thank you all for the great feedback!

The stretchers are attached to the legs only via (my attempt at) half dovetails on each end.

For attaching the breadboards, I drilled a dowel-sized hole in the table tenon in the middle, but enlarged the outer holes. I applied glue on the center dowel and the tops of the other dowels only. A major blunder was that I tried to use a drawbore to draw the breadboard tight, but ended up blowing out part of the back of the breadboard in a couple of the dowel positions.

Do you all still experience blunders or do your projects pretty much go as planned based on your years of practice and learning?

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swirt

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#6 posted 07-13-2019 03:15 AM

Blunders? what blunders?.... err wait don’t open that closet door… all my blunders might fall out ;)

Mistakes happen. Learn from them, move on.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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pottz

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#7 posted 07-13-2019 04:31 AM

hey swirt stop letting out the secrets,we don’t make blunders,we make mistakes,sometimes bid one’s,oops,damn it I let out a secret,[email protected]#t sorry guys,hey gyro just forget this post ever happened,right!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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gyro

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#8 posted 07-13-2019 04:10 PM



hey swirt stop letting out the secrets,we don t make blunders,we make mistakes,sometimes bid one s,oops,damn it I let out a secret,[email protected]#t sorry guys,hey gyro just forget this post ever happened,right!

- pottz

What post? ;-)

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mel52

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#9 posted 07-14-2019 06:26 AM

Love all the knots in it. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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