Farmhouse Trestle Table

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Project by DaveFFMedic posted 11-21-2020 03:09 PM 292 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This trestle table is made from poplar base and maple top. The table top was purchased from a local furniture shop and refinished by me. (It didn’t meet my standards. I had to flatten the top and re-stain it.)

The project started by laminating the pieces of poplar together and cutting out the rough shapes. Followed by squaring and sizing the stock. Finally, the mortice and tenon joints. So many mortices. So many tenons. Why oh why did I design this table with so many mortice and tenon joints? I’ve got to have my head examined.

The 4 lag bolts attaching the top to the base are the only mechanical fasteners in the table.

The table top was purchased last and unfortunately, even though it was custom made, the stain was too dark. Once I started removing the stain, it was obvious that the top was not very flat. I couldn’t resist pulling out the hand planes and having a go at it. (Please shoot me now!) Why do I put myself through such torture? Many hours of hand planning and hand scraping later, I had a smooth, flat, stain-free surface to work with. The 2” thick tabletop was now 1-7/8” thick.

I told SWMBO that we are never getting rid of this table. It cost too much (time/effort)!

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#1 posted 11-22-2020 12:05 AM

Very nice, agreed time and effort are priceless. Just think you have become proficient in cutting mortis an tenon’s.

-- Eric, building the dream

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