After several days of study and analysis, I decided I would make a trestle table for my granddaughter Torrence. It boiled down between this relatively small trestle table or a shaker style writing desk with two drawers under the table top. Each would be approximately the same size of about 60 inches long and 30 inches wide.
Frankly, the decision really came down to my desire to make a beautiful trestle table; one with great curves and shapes.
Actually this trestle table’s top will be 54 inches long and 27 inches wide by 29 inches tall. This will be designed similar to a table designed by Gary Rogowski in an article he wrote for Fine Woodworking Magazine, September 2010. I plan to make a few feature change to Mr Rogowshi’s article with respect to the shape of the top and the stretcher. Of course, this table will have tower legs on each end with a single stretcher connecting the two a few inches below the table top. I will make the typical through tenons with thin wedges that can be tapped into place in order to hold the stretcher in place. I will make the top so it can have its screws unfastened if the table needs to broken down for transport when moving.
I had a 6/4 rough sawn cherry board in my shop’s lumber rack. It had twisted while in my shop. So I began milling the table parts to see if I could use this board and get the dimensioned parts I needed for the stretcher, feet, legs and caps at the top of the legs. In order to maximize the parts thickness, I cut the board to the parts approximate lengths and even to rip some of those parts so I could reduce the effects of the board’s twist. It worked for me when making one surface flat on my jointer.
I was able to mill these 6/4 parts today so I do not need to purchase a new 6/4 rough sawn board. I have what I need.
I can next go to my hardwood lumber store to purchase the 4/4 cherry rough sawn lumber. I will make the table top from this 4/4 lumber. That shopping trip will be Monday, at the earliest.
By looking at the milled parts in the photos below, can you tell how I mark the flat jointed surface with the edge squared to it at 90 degrees?
I ran these parts through my thickness planer . Next I will rip these parts on my table saw to get the final dimensions of width and their lengths, including any tenon lengths to fit into mortises.
-- --- Happy Howie