12’ trestle table. Build as sections?

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Forum topic by Mark posted 03-29-2018 03:28 PM 362 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2018 03:28 PM

Hello all,

I’m tasked with building quite a massive table. Client initially wanted an 8’ trestle table, with a finished tabletop thickness no less than 1 5/8”. It has since grown to 12’, and client is contemplating between Red Oak and Alder. 46” wide.

I’m debating how to go about this. I’ve built many tables all to high customer satisfaction, but no greater than 8’. The table will have 2×12” leaves, one each side, meaning I still have a 10’ run.

I still consider that to be quite massive, and I’m thinking of either building or cutting (post glue up) into two 5’ lengths, with a perpendicular board in between for aesthetics.

Design wise, I could breadboard the inside edge of these two 5’ tables, such that the table is symmetrical when the breadboard leaves are utilized. Though, when not, you’ll have a design like ===||=== rather than ||===||===|| when viewed from above.

Client is not likely to entertain idea of veneer. An entire building has been built FOR THIS TABLE! Nuts. One massive room with car ports either side. They live on a farm surrounded by the entire extended family, so this is a for life table (if not multiple lives.)

My other though is to glue up two narrow sections of the full 10’, and glue or bolt together on site with crescent bolts. No breadboards, but I can recess thick steel strips on the underside with elongated holes to function similarly. This building will not be climate controlled year round, and Tennessee gets very humid.


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#1 posted 03-29-2018 05:28 PM

I’d build the top in one section and only attach the legs once the table is in the room. Get a strong friend to help with delivery. I don’t see any advantage to splitting the top main section other than it would be easier to handle in the shop.

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#2 posted 03-30-2018 12:54 AM

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