Oak Trestle Table

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Project by Logan Craig posted 03-30-2013 05:29 PM 1640 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an oak trestle table I made back in December. It is reclaimed oak from a barn. There are nail holes in it that I chose to ignore as it is beautiful oak and I don’t really mind them.

It is a heavy beast. About 6 1/2 feet long. All the oak except the bench seat is around 1 1/2” – 2” thick. The seat came from a different reclaimed source and is about 3/4”. All the oak was likely cut somewhere between 70 and 100+ years ago. It is very old-growth looking.

The legs are held together via four pins (two on each side, one at top and one at bottom). It has a trestle across the bottom that can be seen in the pictures as well as one across the top that is 90 degrees planar to the table surface.

Eight bolts hold the table top to the table legs. Everything else is dowel and biscuits. The boards across the top have something like 50 or so biscuits in them. Some of the boards were quite warped and I used a helluva lot of pipe clamps and elbow grease to straighten them out.

I had a lot of planer chirp issues with my little Delta 12” portable planer, but I think it came out okay. Guess how many blades I went through!

No stain. Lacquer finished. I had hell with the lacquer bubbling on me and I think I will refinish the top when the weather improves. I’m also thinking I will just do a few layers of lacquer and then top it with a bunch of polly. I bought a sprayer I’m anxious to try out.


-- Logan

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 05:56 PM

Logan, great job on the table. Im a sucker for old barn wood, and absolutely love the charater in it. Cant buy that at the lumber store.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 09:00 PM

I’m planning a similar table for our kitchen, once I’m done with the major remodel & new cabinets.

gotta love reclaimed lumber, it adds so much character to a project. Nice work!

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#3 posted 03-30-2013 09:35 PM

Great job using old barn wood.

-- Todd

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 01:51 PM

They’re fantastic! Gorgeous wood with lots of character. Great design and great build. That will surely be family heirlooms.

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#5 posted 02-07-2018 10:17 PM

This is a beautiful trestle table and bench.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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