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My neighbor, who owns a portable saw mill asked if I would build him a big game processing table if he supplied the materials. I said sure! The materials he gave me for the project were walnut and birch. The base is entirely made from walnut, the top from a combination of birch and walnut laminated together. The top is 2 1/4" x 30" x 71".

I came up with the idea of making his table as versatile as possible. Searching the internet for ideas I came across plans for a trestle table. These plans were originally published in Volume 8 Issue 1 of The Woodworker's Journal (Jan./Feb. 1984, pages 56-58). I modified the design some to suit the materials at hand.

Trestle tables can be disassembled and stored, or moved, with a minimum of effort. Since my neighbor does a lot of entertaining outdoors I built the table to a standard height of 28". He can seat eight folks around it.

This however is too low for a person standing their butchering a deer, elk, or moose. So, I made him four 2"x4"x7" walnut blocks on which are mounted 4" casters. These blocks, with their casters attached, can be mounted to the base of the table and raise the height of the table to 36".

The final sanding and finishing of this table is up to him to do so what you see is an unfinished project. I am sure however that the grain of the walnut and birch will pop when the finish is applied.

I never built a table before but then again most of the things I build are firsts for me. I enjoyed the challenge and got to make mistakes with his material. He is happy with the end result and I am too.

Thanks for looking!!

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This is one sweet table build. I like the design: the wedged trestle, and the feet. I'm in the process of making a trestle table, think I might copy some of your design features.
Thanks for showing.
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys. Oldtool, help yourself to using any of the design features you need.
 

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Now that is one solid table !
Very well done and having the ability to make it different heights is a great feature .
 

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Great build sir
 

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Lee, That turned out great. Love the joinery and the risers on casters was a great innovation! It looks stout enough to hold a moose!
 

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Excellent job Lee! Look really sturdy and well made! I made one too! Made it many years ago out of solid cherry! Great to have and easy to store! Nice work Buddy!
 

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Very nice! I've been wanting to make one of these for the patio.
 

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That is a TABLE! Great workmanship superb design. Let us know what he cooked for dinner, something that is deserving of the table.
 

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Great looking table! That is for sure stout enough for the intended purpose.
 

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Great job
 

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Dig it…The angles and scale look perfect…
 

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Thank you all for your kind comments. This was a challenging project for me but it was also a confidence builder.
 

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Now thats a heavy duty table! with some nice materials used.
 

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"The final sanding and finishing of this table is up to him "
Please tell us he isn't gonna PAINT it! :)

Nice table… looks very sturdy
 

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joein10asee, don't worry, no paint for this table.
 

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Nice. Looks like it is going to last well beyond his great great grand kids.
 

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Hey L2L….that is a hoss of a table bud…..sweet build
 
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