Trestle Table for Dining Room #8: Finished and Delivered!

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Blog entry by scopemonkey posted 07-27-2010 03:12 AM 2834 reads 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The table is now resting proudly in the dining area of its owner, waiting for its first spaghetti sauce splatter.

I finished the base with my usual round of General Finishes Seal-A-Cell and multiple topcoats of Arm-R-Seal, then rubbed out with wax and steel wool. I connected the top to the base with oversized holes, threaded inserts and 1/4-20 machine screws/lock washers.

Connecting top(Screw holes)

Connecting top 2(Inserts)

As you can see in the pictures, I didn’t spend as much time working the underside of the top as I did the topside. I figured that anyone looking at the underside probably had too much to drink and wouldn’t notice anyway.

The first marriage of the top to the base went well and immediately invited some chairs and guests.

Final assembly 1(Together at last)

Overall, it was a good build and I had fun teaching a bit of woodworking to my “apprentice”.

Final assembly foot(foot)

Final assembly peg(Peg)

As an extra gift, I made a trivet and candle holder out of the cut-off and waste from my over-flowing cut-off bin. Heck, no need to just let it, well, go to waste!

Delivered!(Delivered & Installed)

Now…onto another project.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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Canadian Woodworks

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 03:52 AM

looks nice, nice design, like the accent details!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 05:51 AM

Beautiful! I like the technology in it.. screw inserts. Thanks for posting

-- Bert

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 09:47 AM

Very nice table, happy customers too.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 10:21 AM

Shes a real beaut. Did you get a strong hold with the 1/4-20s.

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 03:48 PM

Thanks for the comments.

wseand: yes, they hold quite well. Too well, in fact. I had to apply a bit of torque to get them out so I could take it apart again to deliver it. The lock washers really dig in.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#6 posted 07-27-2010 06:47 PM

Great looking table. I agree with Paul about the details.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 07-27-2010 07:46 PM

Thanks GSY, I always put ten more screws than really probably necessary.

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#8 posted 07-28-2010 02:53 AM

Beautiful table, really nice job!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 12:46 AM

Just found this blog and really like the design and execution of your table. I’m planning to build a trestle table for my family soon and am in the early design phase. I will likely be using this project as an influence on my design. Thanks for posting the process!

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