Knockdown Trestle Coffee Table

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Project by sultanofsawdust posted 07-17-2017 08:29 PM 573 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The long-term goal is to build a knockdown trestle dining room table, but I didn’t have any real experience building tables, let along trestle tables. In order to practice the techniques and joinery, I made a scaled-down version in the form of this coffee table.

It is mostly hard white maple, with cherry and walnut accents. All of the wood came from a local sawmill. The table-top boards are also reinforced with dowels, using a quick shop-made jig for alignment (got the idea from David Picciuto).

It is finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Oil & Urethane Topcoat Satin.

If you want to see more of a description of the building progress, I wrote a 6-part Tumblr showing the steps, jigs, etc. The first part can be found here:

The wife loves it, and we are now making final decisions on wood types and patterns for the future dining room table.

I’m VERY pleased with how strong and sturdy this table is. I was a bit skeptical of trestle tables, but I could breakdance on this coffee table and it wouldn’t be phased a bit.

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#1 posted 07-18-2017 02:42 AM

Nice table. Very cool design!!

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#2 posted 07-18-2017 07:31 PM

Very practical and nicely proportioned.

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#3 posted 07-18-2017 08:16 PM

Wow! This table turned out beautifully.

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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#4 posted 07-19-2017 03:07 PM

Really nice! Love the knock down trestle design – I’d love to build one someday.

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