Trestle table in cherry

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Project by BOBAH posted 04-23-2017 08:13 AM 1047 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is 90” long, 34” wide trestle table for larger parties, that can be disassembled and put away when not needed. I have started the top glue up when I noticed very nice project by Marc Spagnuolo so the rest of the build is mostly based on his design.

The top is made of 1” rustic cherry, biscuit jointed, attached to the base with 1/4” bolts and insert nuts, both top and bottom edge rounded over with 1/4” roundover bit. The legs are made of 1 1/4” cheery and walnut; upper cleat and foot are glued with 5/8” dowels. In this case it is much easier than going with mortise and tenon, as I was able to drill through holes in horizontal parts, then align with leg and get started perfectly aligned holes in it.

The stretcher is made of 1 1/4”x4” piece of cherry. There is a light curve on its bottom – after cutting off most of material on the band saw, I was able to smooth the cut out with regular orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper – there was enough flexibility in sander’s disc to follow the curve without leaving flat spots, as long as I kept constantly moving it.

The finish is satin wipe-on poly, 4-6 layers, light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper between layers.

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#1 posted 04-23-2017 01:12 PM

Very elegant design, and nicely executed.

That’s a lot better than a plastic banquet table.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 04-23-2017 01:47 PM

Very nice … you just can’t beat cherry!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 04-23-2017 02:33 PM

This is a good looking table and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 04-23-2017 04:52 PM

Pretty table, and a lot prettier than a door across a couple sawhorses!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 04-23-2017 08:18 PM

Wow fantastic work !!! That’s gonna darken beautifully.

-- Nothing worth doing is easy ! (or simple) It's time to move past cultural Marxism. 120 million bodies is more than enough to learn that lesson .

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#6 posted 04-24-2017 03:36 AM

Thanks a lot guys. Yeah, cherry does look good – so I am not putting it away just yet, it is too pretty to hide :)

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#7 posted 04-24-2017 11:57 AM

Very good build love the Cherry and the Elegant design.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 04-24-2017 10:38 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 04-25-2017 07:05 PM

Great design and execution. The supports between the stretcher and the top are a nice touch.

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