Trestle Dining Table

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Project by JoshLawson posted 04-30-2012 01:42 AM 15441 views 73 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table about a year ago now, and I finally got around to posting it. I’ve always like the trestle table design, so here is my interpretation of it. The top is a glue up of several boards and is 1.25 inches thick; by using a thicker top I avoided needing any sort of skirt boards for support. The joints are all wedged mortise and tenon joints. I added a 1/16” string inline into the top of table to add a little excitement. I didn’t do any thing fancy with the cross grain inlay, though I’ve heard other people have problems by crossing the grain. It’s been a year and I haven’t seen any indication of stretching or compression in the inlay.

Hope you like it.

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And here is the table and chairs together:

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#1 posted 04-30-2012 01:57 AM

Well done – great execution!

-- Peter, Central VA

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 03:06 AM

Outstanding! What a great set. I really like the chairs. Having done a few I know the time and effort put into them. Well above my skill level.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 03:31 AM

Very nice, I too am a fan of trestle table design and I think you’ve done a great job with nice clean lines on this piece. What are the dimensions of the top? Did you attach the top to the base with screws in elongated holes?
Again, nicely done.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 12:12 PM

I to like the trestle table..thats a fine job there…..i watched the wood wright build one an been looking for the plan but no luck yet…


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#5 posted 04-30-2012 12:50 PM

Thats a great looking table. The stools caught my eye. I checked your other projects. You do some nice work. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 07:15 PM

Excellent design and I love the joinery


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#7 posted 04-30-2012 10:28 PM

Great looking table. Did you make it from plans or was it your own design? I’m thinkiing I may want to copy it. What are the dimensions?

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 10:35 PM

Beautiful table, makes a very bold statement. Looks even better with the chairs you made.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 05-01-2012 12:18 AM

I love the concept of this table and i love 90 percent of what you did. But I am curious about a few things please don’t get offended when i ask I am curious why you didn’t make this a knock down design? The top could easily have been made to come off like norms table that i built several years ago, and i was also curious why you went with a flat foot on the piece. Was it to draw the eye up to the wonderful twin stretchers or was it just because you were using stock that you had. I hope your OK with me copying most of this table. I will do it with a lot of your touches. I love the entire top of the table but i will make mine a knock down as a table this big is hard to move unless it breaks down. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars it is a great piece thanks for sharing it with us.

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#10 posted 05-01-2012 12:33 AM

thedude50 – I think I’m about in the same place as you, I love 90% of it, and the blocky feet/top support are the 10 % that I really don’t like very much. I wanted to make it strong but wasn’t too keen on having a glue line in the middle of the lower foot, so I ended up with the design shown because I didn’t have anything creative come to mind. If I were to make it again, I’m sure I’d do the foot differently.

The top is definitely removable, there are six threaded brass inserts epoxied into the table top that allows it to be bolted down to the legs (with slots to deal with expansions in the top of course). That doesn’t exactly make it knock-down, but it does make it manageable to move. I thought about doing a knocked in place through wedge (pretty common on trestle tables) in place of the wedged mortises I used, but I just couldn’t sacrifice rigidity for knock-down-ability. It’s definitely something to consider though when making a beast of a table like this.

Thanks for the feedback!

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#11 posted 05-01-2012 12:49 AM

Thanks Josh Your a real craftsman.I am glad you showed this to me I am also curious is this qswo or something else. I love the grain of this table we don’t see a lot of qswo out here but i buy most of my wood and have it shipped to me from the east.

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#12 posted 05-01-2012 01:19 AM

I’m not sure what gswo is, so I’m guessing it’s not?
Most of the wood is just plain old red oak, the rest is walnut. I got most of the wood from my local hardwood dealer (Liberty Hardwoods in Ankeny, IA), but I did get a lot of the walnut from my grandpa, who just happened to have a 14’ rough sawn 8/4 walnut board in his shop that had sat there for quite a few years.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#13 posted 05-01-2012 01:26 AM

Beautiful table and I can’t imagine making 8 chairs! qswo = quarter sawn white oak.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#14 posted 05-01-2012 01:42 AM

Ahh, looks like I am not up on all the lingo. The red oak does definitely have the ray flecks showing in some of the areas where I happened to make a quarter sawn cut, but it was all flat sawn lumber.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#15 posted 05-01-2012 01:56 AM

I didn’t think it was red oak cause it looked so light the red oak out here is pretty dark red

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