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Hickory & Walnut Trestle-Style Dining Table

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Project by PPK posted 12-29-2019 04:24 AM 3292 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my dining room table that has been in the works for several years now!
My goal was to complete the table in time to celebrate Christmas with my family gather around it, and that goal was met. We hauled in the table on Christmas day and some of us (I have a larger family) were able to gather around it. I’m pleased with the results overall, even though there are a few minor flaws. My family likes it a lot, and that is worth more than my opinion!

Some of the details of the table:

-Hickory construction with Walnut slats and pegs for accent
-German metal equalizer table slides (Pottker brand)
-Table is 6’ without leaves, and 8’ with the two leaves added in
-From the first drafting of plans to completion was 3+ years
-Finish schedule is 1 coat of danish oil, followed by 3 coats of wiped on Arm R Seal poly (4 coats on the top surface)
-6 dining room chairs will need to be built next! See the design they will follow in this project: https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/254274

For more details of my table build, I did a blog series:
https://www.lumberjocks.com/PPK/blog/129606

And finally, here are a few more (very non-professional and messy house) photos of the finished table:

-- Pete





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Andre

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#1 posted 12-29-2019 06:11 AM

No Flaws, only finger prints, enjoy and be proud.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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tynewman

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#2 posted 12-29-2019 07:50 AM

Love the Hickery! It turned out really nice. You should be proud

-- Ty

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 12-29-2019 01:22 PM

That’s a beautiful table, Pete! Worth the time, for sure.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Knotheadwilly

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#4 posted 12-29-2019 03:02 PM

Excellent table!!! How was working with hickory? I have only done a small project with hickory and it went okay. I have heard it can be difficult to work with and I am looking to make an end table out of hickory.

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 12-29-2019 03:14 PM

Very eye-catching! I love the look of hickory, just a pain to form any curves in.

Nice choice of hardware, looks like a perfect fit for dining.

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#6 posted 12-29-2019 03:23 PM

Absolutely beautiful table! Love the look of hickory. Very well done!

-- DannyW

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#7 posted 12-29-2019 03:54 PM

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. That hickory is so eye catching. Looks great with the walnut.

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#8 posted 12-29-2019 04:47 PM

Very awesome table! I really like the leaf storage solution. Are those just standard window latches to hold everything together when the leaves are used?

My dining room has space for an 8 top table but I’m considering using some of your ideas for the leaves to expand that 10 or 12 for gatherings.

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#9 posted 12-29-2019 05:28 PM

wowza, what a beautiful selection of mother nature, great looking design, i wished we had a spot for something like this as i would attempt to make one up
thanks
Rj

-- Living the dream

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PPK

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#10 posted 12-29-2019 07:05 PM

Thank you for all the kind comments, fellows. Merry Christmas to all!

-- Pete

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PPK

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#11 posted 12-29-2019 07:08 PM



Very awesome table! I really like the leaf storage solution. Are those just standard window latches to hold everything together when the leaves are used?

My dining room has space for an 8 top table but I m considering using some of your ideas for the leaves to expand that 10 or 12 for gatherings.

- sansoo22

They are table locks, not sash locks. Similar but unique. I purchased them from Amazon:
https://amazon.com/gp/product/B07GD46K5L/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

My table will comfortably fit 10 with both leaves. If you put 2 on each end, you could fit a dozen.

-- Pete

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PPK

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#12 posted 12-29-2019 07:10 PM



Excellent table!!! How was working with hickory? I have only done a small project with hickory and it went okay. I have heard it can be difficult to work with and I am looking to make an end table out of hickory.

- Knotheadwilly

Hickory is not that much more difficult to work with. Really the biggest thing is that it is hard, so sanding takes a bit longer. It doesn’t splinter or tear out more than other woods, in my opinion. Some say that it dullens cutting edges more than other woods, and this may be true, but I don’t really notice any difference.

-- Pete

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#13 posted 12-29-2019 07:55 PM

Well that is just beautiful to say the least. Congrats on your DT3, it’s well deserved! I love the fact that you can store the leaves under the top, and I absolutely LOVE the style. Perfect build!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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BlueRidgeDog

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#14 posted 12-29-2019 09:11 PM

Can you link to the slide set?

Also, the interlocking cut for the legs. Was that one process with a special bit or multiple processes?

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PPK

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#15 posted 12-30-2019 12:56 AM



Can you link to the slide set?

Also, the interlocking cut for the legs. Was that one process with a special bit or multiple processes?

- BlueRidgeDog

The legs were built using a lock miter joint. Its 4 pcs. of wood per leg, each run though the router on both sides with a lock miter bit. Just Google lock miter joint and it’ll be obvious what that looks like.

I know I have the part number somewhere for the slides. I’ll see if I can find a link to where they can be found. I was actually given the slides from a furniture store so I didn’t have to procure them

-- Pete

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