Trestle Table

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Project by HappyHowie posted 12-17-2016 06:18 AM 2741 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This trestle table is now completed, finished.

I may buff on some more furniture wax. It should be maintained like this every now and then. However, for now I am just waiting for December 25. That is when this granddaughter comes here with her mother to open gifts; and to eat.

So I can transport this table to my granddaughter’s house and room, I will disassemble the top and the stretcher from its two leg assemblies . In her room I will have her reassemble the table. There are three ways I can teach: tell, show, and participate. I know I remember better when I actively perform the tasks myself. This will engage her. Make her the owner. I made it to last the rest of her life, and then some.

I began this project with a printed scaled plan made by Gary Rogowski that he published in Fine Woodworking Magazine. It was a featured article. I selected this plan because of its dimensions. I liked this table for the purpose I would be making it. My granddaughter asked for a writing or study desk. I figured this table would fit nicely into her room. Later it could be used in an apartment when she left home for college. This could be used in a small dining room. It could fit into many places.

I knew also that I would make the stretcher straight across instead of curved like Gary did with his. For the top I also wanted a different look. I liked what Daniel Chaffin did to a larger trestle table. His table was a magazine cover article. He cut and planed several bevels on the table top’s sides and then curved those sides plus he cut a steep bevel on the top’s ends. That was the look I wanted for this table. I made the jigs necessary for cutting the bevels with my circular saw.

This was a very fun project to build; and to partially design. I enjoyed every moment I had while working on it. I gain valuable experiences using my bench planes, spokeshaves, making templates and jigs as well as gaining experience in finishing cherry hardwood. I had great time. I learned a lot from making this beautiful table.

My hope is that my granddaughter will have good memories of me with her whenever she sits at this table to put it to use.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 12-17-2016 01:23 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! Nice work and thanks for sharing.

-- PaulMayer,

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#2 posted 12-17-2016 02:03 PM

Very nice piece. Now that I have two grand daughter I tend to understand that thought process a bit more.

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#3 posted 12-17-2016 02:14 PM

A fine piece. Simple, clean design. Understated and elegant at the same time.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#4 posted 12-17-2016 03:11 PM

very nice table

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#5 posted 12-17-2016 04:47 PM


-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#6 posted 12-17-2016 05:47 PM

It’s a beautiful table and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-17-2016 07:15 PM

Cherry is such a beautiful wood and I don’t see it as often lately but handsome table, well done.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 12-17-2016 07:44 PM

Very nice.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#9 posted 12-17-2016 09:22 PM

That is a beautiful table. What a wonderful gift!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#10 posted 12-17-2016 11:31 PM

Love it, I am a table nut and this one is really sweet.
Nice finish and workmanship!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 12-18-2016 05:25 AM

That’s a great design, one that will stay in fashion no matter what the flavor-of-the-day is.

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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#12 posted 12-18-2016 05:02 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments. I actually received help from members here at certain road bumps I encountered during this build. That is what I like about this site, forum. For an old guy just starting out in woodworking, having support like that is special. Thanks.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#13 posted 12-19-2016 12:32 AM

Whoa! That is a beautiful table with a great finish. I love the plan of delivery you can rest assured that the involvement will be a bonding experince she will never forget.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#14 posted 12-19-2016 10:11 AM

Trully woodworking skill! Very nice design and it looks so light and elegant.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 07-02-2017 05:27 AM

Nice work! I’m about to begin a similar project, only perhaps with slightly smaller top. May I ask you to comment on the thickness of the legs and stability of the table overall? My design was to use almost identical legs to yours but I’m a little worried about whether the table could tip at all if someone leans to much weight on the long sides of the table top.

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