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$40 Trestle Table #2: Trestle Legs

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 05-08-2011 11:53 PM 1976 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recap: I’ve made the top and now it’s the legs. This is a Trestle kitchen table being designed on the fly as I go using $40 worth of framing lumber (spruce) from Lowes.

The past couple of days I managed to get the legs made. I have no plan, just winging it as I go along. The only thing I did was measure my own kitchen table in the house to make sure I get the height right for standard kitchen chairs to use with it.
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Each of two legs is made of three sections of 2×6 spruce jointed and planed and glued on edge.
On my computer I used a drawing program to make a template for the table legs. I printed it out and taped it together. Crude and simple but it worked out okay.

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The legs were cut out on the bandsaw and the edges scraped and sanded smooth.

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I decided to drill two decorative holes near the top edge. Then I used a round-over bit to trim up the edges and the holes.

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I decided to cut the tenons on the table saw and trim the ends of them with a handsaw and clean it up with a chisel.

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The top brace and bottom brace are made of two 2×6’s glued together and shaped. I split the top one in half so it’s narrower than the bottom one. The same pattern was used for these parts as was used on the legs. I used the top and bottom curve on the paper template to make the curve on the braces. These parts also had the roundover bit treatment.
The mortises were plunged with a 3/4” straight router bit and the corners trimmed out.

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One of the legs with mortise and tenons pressed together. In the end they’ll be glued and possibly some sunken screws or maybe dowels to lock them in. Next will be the cross piece to join and lock the two legs together.

and edge view. Notice the narrower top brace.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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ellen35

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 12:28 AM

Dan,
This is looking great! What I love is that you are designing on the fly and that you have been able to do this as a budget project! This will be a real work of art and will last a lifetime!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 02:42 AM

OK, I thought I was the only person using framing lumber from Lowes. Framing lumber and Chinese warped plywood. But I am using it for a mini-workbench. It is a fairly complex project for a number of reasons. To be blunt…......I wish I had used dimensional lumber, forgot the expense, and completed it a lot sooner.

I will blog on it in a few weeks.

I would rather be doing something like you are doing….....love it…...

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 01:01 AM

Well, If you’re gonna do the work then I figure you might as well use oak or maple or something. But she likes knots. Go figure.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 05:25 PM

One of my biggest hurdles is jumping out of the “gotta do it cheap” mode I was in for decades while in training and early practice. I really have never poured money into my shop activities, becasue it was a secondary source of amusement, and mostly DIY and utilitarian. Over the years my shop actually saved my family a lot of money. Now I have to shift gears and spend some money to make it a hobbiest realm.

I think this project table is the last of my on-the-cheap adventures. I don’t have the time to play with the issues inherent in construction lumber especially. In your case, you have the planing and jointing capability to reform this near rough lumber into something useful, although I suspect you generated a lot of sawdust and shavings…...(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 05:57 PM

Jim, I absolutely agree. The owner of the piece is my young niece. She just graduated from Nursing school and has a job in a hospital. She mentioned one day that she’d like a kitchen table. She likes Pine or something rustic and knotty. Thick pine is an hour and a half drive to a ‘real’ wood store. I had milled and worked with spruce before in benches. When you plane it it occasionally takes out gouges around knot areas and it chips. I previously had made her a nice desk out of oak that had medical insignia coped into the side decorations so I know that working with oak, maple, and cherry is a real pleasure in comparison (Mahogany makes too much dust, almost like MDF and it tastes awful).

So, she got her wish, knotty, rustic, and a bit chippy, it didn’t cost me to much to have a little fun and I didn’t dull any blades with this stuff. But it was a fun diversion and I picked up a couple of new skills by doing it.

The oak desk she has now that I made last year for her.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 09:37 PM

That’s a beauty….....and the end design is great. I am sure she is enjoying it.

Maybe she will get her fill of knotty pine with your current project….........(-:

Have a good weekend, just trying to relax enough to start doing something fun. Hard to turn the corner some days…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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