Rustic Trestle Table and Benches

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Project by Alan Young posted 01-13-2009 06:36 PM 10762 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Table and four benches built from Red Oak and featuring a “Rough Cut” Surface.
This is the second commission from this family utilizing the rough cut lumber design. The first commission was for a simple four posted table and two benches.

The design features the buzz saw marks left from the original milling of the lumber.
The wood (oak)was supplied by the client who expressly required the buzz saw marks to be left on the working surfaces where ever possible.

The Bench design features a sturdy “I beam” that is attached via mortise and tenon into double faced leg brackets.

The Trestle table has breadboard ends, two lower stretchers and one upper stretcher.

This set now “lives” in a cottage in Georgian Bay, Canada.

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#1 posted 01-13-2009 07:22 PM

That’s very cool. Nice craftsmanship. I wans’t too sure about leaving the saw marks, but they are so uniform that it is actually kind of neat looking.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#2 posted 01-13-2009 07:39 PM

Very nice looking stuff there. I have been contemplating a rough scalloped piece for kicks. Gotta pass the idea with the boss though.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#3 posted 01-13-2009 07:55 PM

The saw marks do look good. Is the surface still rough to the touch (which seems uncomfortable to me), or is there a way to keep the markings while providing a smoother surface?

-- Working at Woodworking

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Alan Young

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#4 posted 01-13-2009 08:25 PM

Russell- The surface is sort of like a “clean shaven old man” smooth with lots off wrinkles…

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#5 posted 01-13-2009 09:53 PM

Wow I really like this!! I also like the rough look of it like your client. Im working on a trestle table too and was planing on using chairs but youve cahanged my mind to use benches.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#6 posted 01-14-2009 02:09 AM

Great Lookin Table & Benches

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 01-14-2009 03:33 AM

Very nice Alan. Nice design. The rough cut pretty cool looking.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Oak Designs

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#8 posted 02-19-2009 01:58 PM

looks perfect in the room!

-- Ben Bull, Oak Designs -

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#9 posted 04-11-2011 09:32 PM


-- al.chazy ny

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