Country style Trestle Dining Table

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Project by Oldtool posted 08-06-2013 12:23 AM 3899 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed a trestle table for my daughter-in-law and delivered it this last Saturday. Oak, dyed with Transtint to match a new set of chairs, and finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.

The finish gave me fits, never worked with oak before & it soaked up the wiping varnish like a sponge with water. I came to LJs for advise on this, and ended up following the expert advise of Charles Neil, “simply wait”. You can view all the great responses by fellow LJs here.

The legs are very hefty, solid 8/4 oak, with feet & upper cross members almost as wide as the top’s 43”, and secured with 1/2” oak dowel pins – top & bottom. The top is secured by wooden buttons, or clips as shown in the last photo above, to help keep it flat. Breadboard ends also add to keeping the top flat, with 1/4” oak dowel pins as shown here:

I started finishing this table with the top first as described above, and took the advise of fellow LJs by using Zinssr’s Seal Coat shellac sanding sealer first on the legs and stretcher, then the wiping varnish – work like a charm.

When I put the tenons on the leg uprights, I used my router sled that I typically use to flatted boards. This can be seen here, and it too worked well on this thick stock.

Well, thanks for looking, and I hope what I’ve learned and described here will help others.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 01:16 AM

Great looking table with nice write up and photographs. Congratulations on a job well done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 04:37 AM

Beautiful table. You did an excellent job…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 08:01 PM

Great looking table.

-- Terry,Tennessee

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 03:06 PM

Man that looks nice.
Fine job!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 03:09 PM

You did a fine job on this. Congratulation.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 12:09 PM

Nice work OT. The finish work really turned out nice. Congrats!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 02:16 PM

Gorgeous dining table! Like the great design and build especially legs and the joinery, a great heirloom piece for sure. Great work!

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#8 posted 08-10-2013 08:47 PM

really nice work – beautifully finished

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 08-12-2013 06:31 PM

Beautiful, I love the look of Trestle style tables. Amazing work.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#10 posted 01-09-2014 03:21 AM

Beautiful trestle dining table.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#11 posted 12-07-2014 02:12 PM

Great looking trestle table, you could have fooled me, the grain on the table is beautiful, doesn’t even look like oak, and a great finish

-- John J.

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