Crappy Trestle Dining Table

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This was my first crack at a dining table. A more complete account of the fiasco that is this table is on my blog.

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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Charles Maxwell

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#1 posted 1793 days ago

Your table is wonderful. Of course, you know the struggle and practice will only make you better. On another note, since Obama has abdicated his primary domestic duty as commander-in-chief and, furthermore, sold out the free world in his UN appeal to global Marxists, we now rely on Benjamin Netanyahu to be the leader of the free world. He was brilliant! God bless FREE Israel.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#2 posted 1793 days ago

Naomi, I’m impressed! That’s a project most would have a problem with in a shop full of tools and work space. Your blog was wonderful and I think your table is something to be proud of. It looks great! Thanks for sharing and keep up the woodworking spirit.

-- John @

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#3 posted 1793 days ago

Very nicely done. The top is quite attractive and the lines of the base are clean. I’m sure you’ll see more issues than anyone else. Now, doing that type of work in an apartment requires a very special type of creativity. I know I would have never considered using a bed for assembly (for fear the Mrs. might find out).

All in all, good job.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 1793 days ago

fantastic! as mentioned, this would be some project even if you had a shop full of powertools and all, but looking through your blog , this is even more impressive!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 1793 days ago

It’s a great table and your lack of resources just makes the accomplishment even greater. It adds to the sawing tradition…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 1793 days ago

Looks good to me very similar to one I have made.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1793 days ago

I dont understand the “crappy” part. Your table looks great, far better then I could accomplish. You also have a very unique workshop…...never even thought about a bed frame for a bench.
Keep up the good work

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#8 posted 1793 days ago

Don’t knock it Naomi, you built the table under less than ideal conditions (to say the least) and you got a great result. It looks very nice to me. As for your own satisfaction with the result, I’m almost 70 and I hope one day to make something I’m satisfied with. Thanks for showing it to us and also the interesting blog.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 1793 days ago

I read your blog and have to agree with the others: you’re being too hard on yourself. Lord knows I’ve had some pieces turn out less than great and that’s WITH all the proper resources. Sometimes you just have to laugh and look at those as a learning experience. :)

-- Gregory Kenny, Vancouver BC

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#10 posted 1793 days ago

Ditto all of the above. The bottom line is you made it happen and it sure looks good.

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#11 posted 1793 days ago

very nicely done

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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naomi weiss

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#12 posted 1788 days ago

You guys are all too kind! I will post some less flattering pics! Purplev, שנה טובה!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#13 posted 1717 days ago

Most people would not attempt to create a very nice trestle table with the limited resources that you have. You should not be so hard on yourself. Each piece that you create will become easer and more complex by choice. your tools will grow as they are needed. Be creative with your tools. It is amazing how much quality woodworking can be done without expensive machinery and lots of shop space with a little imagination. Well done keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#14 posted 1680 days ago

The table looks great, now we need to work on your promoting ability. I would suggest renaming this piece. Crappy just doesn’t give a buyer confidence. LOL

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#15 posted 1587 days ago fiasco is an international word! every time I learn something here…I don’t think it’s a fiasco, by the way, but I do think “fiasco” is the most appropriate word for a dinner table :), even better it would be fiasco of wine (joking sorry :-))

-- Antonio

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