Trestle Table

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Project by gashley posted 08-14-2017 12:46 AM 1033 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second piece for my youngest son’s new apartment. It’s a design from the wood whisperer website. Very simple but beautiful trestle design.
Wood is California claro walnut with quilted maple for the detail on the legs and for the wedges that hold the trestle tight.
Used to General finishes arm-r-seal. 5 or 6 coats on the top to try and give it some durability.
I love to work in this walnut. The colors and grain patterns are wonderful. I added a closeup of one of the feet that shows the great figure in the wood. I have a bunch of this figured 8/4 stock that will be used for a set of chairs to go with the table. That doesn’t happen until I do some serious shop cleaning and overdue maintenance. Shop is kind of a disaster right now.
Not sure why some of the pictures uploaded as rotated 90 degrees. Anyone know how to fix those?

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 01:08 AM

That came out great. Nice work.

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 02:13 AM

looks awesome. I really like working with walnut as well and it looks great when finished.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#3 posted 08-14-2017 01:50 PM

This is a beautiful table and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 08-14-2017 02:01 PM

Wow, beautifully done, love the contrast of maple and walnut.

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#5 posted 08-14-2017 05:02 PM

Well done! That is a beautiful table.

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#6 posted 08-14-2017 05:17 PM

Very elegant. I really like the tenon details on the legs with the contrasting wood. Is it my imagination or does the table have a slight bow front? If so, I’m curious how you went about cutting it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 08-14-2017 05:20 PM

Beautiful table and wonderful looking walnut.

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#8 posted 08-14-2017 05:58 PM

EarlS – I just did a template in 1/2 MDF for the curve I wanted on the ends. MDF is very easy to shape into a good smooth curve. I traced that curve on the table top ends, cut with a jigsaw just proud of the line to get rid of most of the waste, then attached the template and routed with a pattern bit to match the MDF template. Took me a couple cuts to get the curve as clean as I wanted. The sides are “bowed” also and that was just freehand with the jigsaw. The edge grain of the sides is much easier to shape and sand smooth than the end grain, so I didn’t feel the need to to make a template.

-- Gary in OP

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#9 posted 08-14-2017 09:04 PM

Great looking table, Gary!

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#10 posted 08-23-2017 03:32 PM

WOW Nice Table

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#11 posted 08-23-2017 03:37 PM

Wonderful. This will serve him well for a long time.

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