Trestle Table with Modern Appeal

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Project by CarterR posted 06-17-2014 01:26 PM 2965 views 20 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If that title sounds familiar it is because it came from a semi recent Fine Woodworking article. We needed a informal dining table for our kitchen and I loved this design.

The table is made from Douglas Fir. I was able to find some 2 1/2” X 5” beams at a local salvage yard that provided more than enough material for the table.

The table is finished with three coats of General Finish’s Satin Arm R Seal.

The dimensions are 30” tall, 34 1/2” wide, 58” Long.

The Doug Fir beams

Gluing up the bookmatched table top

Shaping the table top edge profile



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#1 posted 06-17-2014 01:42 PM

Cool looking table ,a super design and great build.

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 03:00 PM

It looks really nice. COngratulations.

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 03:12 PM

Looks great

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 03:40 PM

Great job. I built this table as well to 42” x 84” out of cherry for my in laws. Interesting build and a tough project in a small shop. How did you do the edge profile? I had to get creative (and dangerous) in my shop to get it right.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 03:51 PM

I wanted to use cherry but my wife wanted it to match the other table I built in the kitchen. I have a festool track saw which makes cutting the initial bevel easy, but it only cuts to 45 degrees. The angle is 60 so I used a no.5 plane to to get down to 60. I then used a jigsaw to cut the curve and a block plane to clean it up. It is a great way to spruce up the table.


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#6 posted 06-17-2014 03:57 PM

Very nice design and a great result too.

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#7 posted 06-17-2014 04:35 PM

Nice work.

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 04:39 PM

Modern and sleek, are there any concerns in terms of the softness of the wood?

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#9 posted 06-17-2014 04:51 PM

I really like this table. Been thinking of making one, this helps move me from thinking to making.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#10 posted 06-17-2014 04:57 PM

Cool. Well done

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#11 posted 06-17-2014 05:52 PM

Looks great. Did you alter the design in any way?

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#12 posted 06-17-2014 06:18 PM

Not too much. I made it smaller to fit the area, and I did not put an arc in the top stretcher under the table


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#13 posted 06-17-2014 07:56 PM

Very nice work. I haven’t seen the article but it looks like a variation of a Shaker Harvest Table. I have built these large and small. In my experience the bottom rail is unnecessary. I really like the edge treatment.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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#14 posted 06-18-2014 12:43 AM

Great looking trestle table! I’m sure you’ll enjoy many fine meals around it!

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#15 posted 06-18-2014 11:24 AM

That is some great craftsmanship. Well done, I wish we had a salvage yard close by

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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