a big cherry trestle table

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Project by dan mosheim posted 01-02-2012 12:19 AM 3485 views 21 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

we’ll be sending this 10’ cherry trestle table to washington dc this week. the design is loosely based on a table we made about 20 years ago, (the top model in the photo above). that was one of the first scale models i made to show clients what their table would look like when it was finished. i’ve been hooked on the model making process ever since. (about 20 posts at that link). the final design for this table evolved through discussion with the clients to include the ‘floating’ arc piece stretcher which is secured to the vertical parts of the base by eight 3/4” x 2.25” cold rolled round steel pins. the pin holes do not go completely through the stretcher, a fact that keeps the stretcher centered between the verticals. this idea involved some careful marking and drilling, and a quick jig to drill the verticals accurately, but resulted in a tight fit that makes the base and the table structure itself extremely rigid. i give my son sam credit for the steel pin concept, which seems to have universal appeal during the two weeks the table has been in process in the shop. more process photos on my dorset custom furniture blog. happy new year everyone … dan mosheim

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 12:22 AM

Very ‘stately’ looking, just beautiful

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 01:01 AM

Man, this is beautiful!

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 01:10 AM

That’s a fabulous table, thanks for posting

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 01:26 AM

Very nice, I have a big dinning room, where you shipping it too again? Maybe I can intercept the truck! :)

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 02:10 AM

Very nice design and construction. Did you use a router to cut tenons on the table for the breadboard ends?

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 02:31 AM

Gorgeous! Well done Dan and Co.

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 02:52 AM

Beautiful table, love the design of the base.

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 06:11 AM

Fantastic table. so very well done.

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 03:44 PM

Hmmm, scale models, neat idea.

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 04:06 PM

Gorgeous and clean look. The steel pin (floating insert) idea has me thinking about trying something like that on some of smaller items.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 04:32 PM

I love it when you show the scale models.

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 05:09 PM

That’s a very impressive table.

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#13 posted 01-02-2012 08:15 PM

I’ve had an idea floating around in my head for a while now that involves using pins. This table certainly pushes me to try that, although I’m thinking of using a different metal, and in tube form, but nonetheless, this helps.

The proportions of everything, along with the arch all seem to work together wonderfully.

Thank you for sharing this work with us Dan.

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#14 posted 01-02-2012 09:12 PM

Several interesting ideas here. You have put together a very impressive final result. A stunning table!

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#15 posted 01-02-2012 09:31 PM

I love it clean lines and a clasic design I give it 5 out of 5 stars beautiful

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