Kitchen table

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Project by Banjobob posted 04-20-2021 03:46 PM 1316 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished this farm trestle table built from 3rd coast craftsman plans. The wood was cut & milled from 2 pecan trees from our property. They were roughcut with a chainsaw, stickered & air dried for 18 months. Milled them with a benchtop jointer & planer. Edge jointing was accomplished by routing between 2 boards at once (boards were too long for my jointer). Top, upright & feet were laminated with 2 or 3 boards then milled to dimensions. Cut all the trestle mortices by hand (used a spray mortise chisel-my 1st really good chisel) & tenons were by hand & table saw. This was my 1st attempt at bread board ends & draw boring & I think they came out fairly well (not near as precise as 3rd coast craftsman!). Drilled breadboard mortices on drill press & finished them with my second really good chisels (4 piece firmer set from narex). Attached them with walnut dowels. Filled multiple knots & ‘worm’s holes with epoxy. Sanded with belt then random orbital sander 80 thru 220. Finished with armor-seal satin finish sanding with 320 between coats. Buffed with 3m buffing pads. Didn’t like finish so used some paraffin oil with compound & rottenstone then buffed with 3m pads on random orbital sander. There are several areas that could be improved but my wife really loves it. It’s an anniversary present. I think I have enough wood left for chairs but that’s a future project. Thanks for looking.

-- Allan, Oklahoma.

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#1 posted 04-20-2021 05:10 PM

Very nice table.

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#2 posted 04-20-2021 05:41 PM

Thanks BurlyBob.

-- Allan, Oklahoma.

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#3 posted 04-20-2021 07:00 PM

Like the table and of course the pecan is a great wood.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 04-20-2021 07:04 PM

Thanks 987Ron. It was fun to make. Pecan is beautiful but it highly challenged my woodworking skills.

-- Allan, Oklahoma.

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#5 posted 04-20-2021 08:31 PM

Excellent job – a project of this magnitude would challenge anyone’s woodworking skills.

Can’t wait to see the chairs.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 04-20-2021 11:28 PM

Beautiful Table. I love the look of pecan. But that is the hardest wood I have ever worked with, takes forever to sand smooth.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#7 posted 04-20-2021 11:49 PM

I love it. It’s gotta feel great, making it from wood that you milled youself.

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#8 posted 04-21-2021 12:17 AM

Beautiful job. This is the one project you get to use and admire everyday.

-- AJ

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#9 posted 04-21-2021 12:23 AM

That is absolutely beautiful – congratulations!

I love the photo of the wood stickered out in the rain.

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#10 posted 04-21-2021 12:33 AM

From tree to table, how cool is that!!

Farm out, get it?! Never mind…

Skills showing, beautiful…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 04-21-2021 12:48 AM

Love the start to finish story of this and beautiful results. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 04-21-2021 01:57 AM

Wow. Lovely table and even better that it was from your property.

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#13 posted 04-21-2021 02:07 AM

Very nice. Of all the projects you could make, a kitchen table has to be the best. It’s the centerpiece of your house! Well done! It looks amazing.

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#14 posted 04-21-2021 01:47 PM

Looks great. Nice work! :)

-- Tom

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#15 posted 04-22-2021 10:02 AM

Thanks Bill: yes it was very challenging to complete-chairs may be a year off (or longer!)

Thanks John: yes it’s VERY hard but the surface has already survived a couple items inadvertently ‘dropped’ on it without denting!

Thanks Dennis: after almost 2 years in the works it does seem like something was accomplished

Thanks AJ1104: I’m letting it set for the curing times listed by General Finishes-can’t wait for bacon, eggs & coffee in the morning on it!

Thanks MTNWild: the stack was in the rain many times but it is covered with exterior plywood. While there was some twisting, there was very little serious checking.

Thanks BBI: I enjoyed cutting, moving & rough milling the logs with a chainsaw. Best part was end result & my wife’s smiles!

Thanks BILLGO: looking forward to multiple fellowships around the table!

Thanks Tom: I appreciate the kind words.

-- Allan, Oklahoma.

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