Trestle table

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Project by Benchmarknorway posted 10-22-2016 03:40 PM 814 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I based this on the trestle table in FWW issue 235 but my version is shorter and a little narrow and lower. The curve on the top is also proportionally less and the bevel on the underside is only 55 degrees instead of 64.

I also moved the lower stretcher further up the leg and made it wider with a curve on the underside to match the main stretchers. Since the lower stretcher then no longer strengthened the joint between the leg and foot I draw bored them together instead, using birch dowels.

All the through tenons are planed off flush and wedged with birch wedges.

The wood is elm and the finish is 3 coats of blond shellac followed by 9 coats of selv-mixed wiped-on polyurethane and wax to finish. The poly was rubbed out wet with progressive grades of wet and dry starting with 400 and ending with 1200.

-- Mark, Oslo, Norway (ex London, UK)

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#2 posted 10-22-2016 04:45 PM

Very nicely done project. I like everything about it.

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#3 posted 10-23-2016 02:45 AM

beautiful table,great build

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#4 posted 10-23-2016 02:55 AM

Very tastefully done.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-23-2016 10:29 AM

Nice table. Like the curves on the top. Goes well with your kitchen.

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#7 posted 10-23-2016 03:25 PM

Fine work Mark.

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#8 posted 06-23-2017 04:45 PM

Looks great. Nice design proportions with your modifications. My question is why so many coats of Polyurethane? Were they just on the top dining/wear/food surface or all over? I don’t doubt that it contributes to the overall luster but what criteria did you use to decide that you needed yet one more coat? I’m trying to understand finishing better.

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#9 posted 06-25-2017 07:48 PM

This is a good looking table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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