Trestle Table for Dining Room #7: Almost there!

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Blog entry by scopemonkey posted 07-20-2010 01:27 AM 2867 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Base Dry Fit Part 7 of Trestle Table for Dining Room series Part 8: Finished and Delivered! »

I’m about as good at blogging as I am at woodworking, so I haven’t been very good at keeping this going. I have spent the past few weeks working with a bit of vacation thrown in but have got back to work on the trestle table. I am at that stage of a project that I really want to be done with it, so I purposefully slow myself down so I don’t make stupid, rushed mistakes.

I cut the curves on the feet, risers, beam, and support arms on the band saw and then did lots of sanding on the spindle sander. The fir is really “chippy” and I had originally planned to pattern route the final curves from my templates, but felt that I might get to much chip out and went with the sander. It did ok with some final hand work.

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The risers are connected to the feet and support arms with long mortise and tenons which I doweled like a breadboard end to allow for movement.



I inlaid large walnut dutchmen on both sides of the beam to match the pattern of the top. Fortunately, one of the cutoffs from the beam had some really nice grain patterns, so I used the scrap for the dutchmen.




The pegs have been cut to size and fit quite well. I am amazed at how stable this base is with just the pegs holding it together. There is no racking or wobble at all. I just need to finish the final coats of varnish and next time you see this, it will be posted as a complete project.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 01:35 AM

love the good work you are doing

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 01:44 AM

This looks like quality work.


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#3 posted 07-20-2010 05:15 AM

what a beautiful table, the craftmanship is wonderful.

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 06:03 AM

Some nice looking details there! The final piece should look great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 09:03 PM

Could I ask how you afixed the base to the bottom of the table? It’s gorgeous, I’m trying to make a natural edged table for my uncle with a trestle bottom any info would be helpful.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 07-21-2010 03:59 AM

JM2: What I didn’t show was the top/bottom of the support arms, so you can’t see that I have drilled oversized holes for 1/4-20 machine screws. The underside of the table top will have 1/4-20 inserts and I plan on just screwing the two together with the oversized holes in the arms allowing for movement. I went with the inserts/machine screws over just wood screws since the inserts are more durable and can be glued in with a dab of epoxy on the threads. I didn’t think the fir, being as soft as it is, would hold up over time with just wood screws. I’m probably over-thinking this, but I have done that before and it works and holds up well.

Thanks for the comments—it means a lot when it comes from a group of accomplished woodworkers.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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