Tea Party Trestle Table

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Project by Nicholas Hall posted 01-27-2014 05:47 PM 3453 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a tea-party trestle table that my father-in-law and I made with some of the wood that we had custom sawed and kiln dried from lumber off of my Dad’s land in Maine. Suffice to say, I really lucked out in the Dad and father-in-law department.

Most of the credit for this table belongs to my FIL, who designed this piece and did the lions share of the build. He’s the handsome gent posing in front of the table for scale.

It’s the perfect size for tea parties, and when an assembly is gluing up in my workshop, I’m not ashamed in the least to share a cup of the queens finest with my 3 year old daughter. She really loves the table, uses it everyday for play and for snack time. It actually served as the toddlers table at my family’s Thanksgiving this year.

The lumber is 100% quarter-sawn hard maple. Not sure it’s really sensible to build a table out of quarter-sawn maple structurally, but it was fun to do, and I have gazillion bdft of it. All that vertical grain on top makes me smile and think of the lumbering project every time I see it. The only place I worry about it is the central stretcher, which is probably a bit too skinny where the oval is cut out in the center. If it fails, I guess I’ll just have to cut it out and build another one. The finish is wipe-on poly.

Here is a link to the project where my Dad and I had 2100 bdft of lumber cut from trees on his land and had it custom dried. It was as much fun as I’ve ever had. If you have some decent trees and are inclined to make sawdust, I highly recommend you give it a try.

Thanks for looking!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 07:53 PM

Very nice and one lucky daughter. Out of curiosity what are the dimensions for the table and benches?

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Nicholas Hall

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 08:32 PM

Good question. I’ll measure it when I get home.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 11:03 PM

The table is 17.5”h x 36”l x 18”w. The benches are 9”h 26”l x 6”w.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 01:44 AM

Great looking tea table! I like the matching benches, also!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 02:37 AM

This is a very cool little table ,a super design and a good build.


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#6 posted 01-28-2014 02:46 AM

Very nice little table & benches.

-- "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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#7 posted 01-28-2014 12:48 PM

Well done. I like the story line back to the trees.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 01-28-2014 02:28 PM

This is a very clean project and nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 01-31-2014 05:04 PM

Beautiful set! The wood is gorgeous, like the design, the oval stretcher is a nice touch. Great job to both of you.

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#10 posted 02-06-2014 04:21 PM

I absolutely LOVE this table!

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#11 posted 02-07-2014 07:56 PM

Very nice Nicholas! I thought it was full size when first checking it out! Well done indeed.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 02-08-2014 12:49 AM

Very Nice Design! Good on “Editors Choice”.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#13 posted 02-11-2014 04:33 PM

Outstanding!! I love the projects for the kids. Well done.

-- Vieth Custom Furniture,

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#14 posted 02-13-2014 06:56 PM

Great work well deserving of the Editors choice award.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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