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Project by Jeffrey Alexander posted 01-12-2011 at 01:05 PM 3327 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oak Trestle Table.
Design from tables commonly seen at Rev War Reenactments made to be detached in pieces for transport. Top planks sit on a dado cut in the shoulders, which sit in dado tongues on the legs. 8 screws only. All mortise and tenon joinery. Since I didn’t have a decent bandsaw at this time, I cut the curves as close as possible with a jigsaw, and used an old bastard file to file the curves out evenly. Took me all summer, under a shade tree. All oak donated to me by my boss-lady for this project was downed by tornadoes 18 years ago, planked out, and stored in a horse barn. (Access to more!)
Benches in progress.

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."





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Matt Stauffer

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 at 02:26 PM

That is a very cool table. Are there plans somewhere for it?

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 at 06:25 PM

I love the table, what a great job you did on it.

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Monty Queen

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 at 09:57 AM

Wow i love your table, awesome design. Superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Bill Larsen

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#4 posted 05-31-2014 at 12:51 PM

Jeff, I love your table. Can it be taken apart for storage? I would like to build one similar about 8 to 10 feet long for large Family dinners. Do you have any plans drawn up I could purchase. My son cut down some white oak trees last fall, and I have a guy with a portable sawmill coming next week, so would need to know finnished thickness of table and legs so I can give him a rough cut dim.

Thanks

Bill

-- Bill, Wisconsin, http://www.WoodworkerBill.com

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#5 posted 05-31-2014 at 07:55 PM

Hello Bill. No, no drawn plans for it, but will try to describe the dimensions of the pieces for you: The top planks are 1X 8 X 52” X 4 pieces Originally thought W.O., but I think they are Ash—air dried. The legs—in 4 sections are 1 X 8 X 28” Tenon(ed) to fit into mortises in the shoulders, and feet The upper shoulders (under the top) are two pieces—1 1/4 X 2 7/8 X 28” glued together (2 1/2 inches thickness)
The feet—two pieces of 1 1/8 X 4 X 24 ”, again two pieces glued together. (2 1/4 ” thickness) The top of the shoulders have a 7/8×3/4 dado cut all the way across the top ( not shown in the pics of the upper shoulders) , and each of two sections of the top are joined on the bottom with a 3/4 X 3/4 bar which nest into these grooves. Each stretcher is 1” X 3 The (inside) length between the legs are 47 1/4 ”. Easy to take apart, using tight mortiise/tenon joints. The only screws were joining the bars to the planks underneath the top. Mine is only 52” long. An eight + footer oak would be a little on the heavy side. They are little wobbly, but additional use of dowels/ square pegs and/or better fitting keys in the stretchers can make them a little more stable. These break-down and go tables are commonly made of pine/ fir for primitive rendezvous or civil war re-enactments, being these woods are lighter. The curves and cut leaf design are my own, but I remember similiar design when I was on the muzzleloading circuit. Colonial Floating Heart cut-outs were/ are popular, as well as a “barrel” design. Let me know if you need more info…Thanks for looking! -JA

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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Bill Larsen

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#6 posted 05-31-2014 at 08:45 PM

Jeff, thanks for your reply, those dim will help out greatly. I have already found an Amish carpenter who will help me out, and he gave me instructions about rough cut size and drying time, he also told to them in the rough, and any parts that need to be glued or pinned together will get finnished planed after that.
On a side note, my wife and I did revolutionary re-enactments for a few years before and 6years after 1976, we visited all the big places. we belonged to Proctor’s Artillery part of the NWTA. I still have the cocked hat with yellow piping on top with the red plume, sold the coat to new member when I left. I still have the musket, canteen, and ammo pouch, also a real bayonet from that era.
Will contact you if I have any questions.

-- Bill, Wisconsin, http://www.WoodworkerBill.com

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#7 posted 05-31-2014 at 08:56 PM

If you’ve been with Proctor’s you no doubt have been at the FEAST. I started that stuff in 1983. Gave it up in 1993.

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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Bill Larsen

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#8 posted 05-31-2014 at 09:20 PM

Feast of the Hunter’s moon in West Layfeyte IN, is the only one I remember, looks like I left before you joined. We did go to the Re-enactment at the Greenfield Village near the Henry ford Museum in 1976.
If you want to discuse this further I think we need to get off this blog, not to sure, but I can give you my e-mail address if that’s allowed.

-- Bill, Wisconsin, http://www.WoodworkerBill.com

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Bill Larsen

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#9 posted 06-01-2014 at 11:27 AM

Jeff, can you show a picture of bottom of the table and how it is attached to the legs. Also would it be possible to make both shoulders the same, and permanently attach the legs and shoulders with dowls, putting slots in middle of legs to insert the strechers with the same strechers having a shoulder that butts up against the inside of the legs. That way I can have only 5 pc’s to store the 2 strechers with wedges, the 2 legs, and the top(with 4 removable dowls)?

-- Bill, Wisconsin, http://www.WoodworkerBill.com

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#10 posted 06-01-2014 at 02:45 PM

I msg’d you with my email address. I can better send pics of each section by email.
-JA

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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Bill Larsen

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#11 posted 06-01-2014 at 03:39 PM

sent you a message, but just to cover the bases, here’s my e-mail. <larsen_wh>

Bill

-- Bill, Wisconsin, http://www.WoodworkerBill.com

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Bill Larsen

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#12 posted 06-01-2014 at 03:45 PM

Having thunder, and lightning here, yahoo mail is having problems, I am in central WI right now and will be headed for SE corner, so you can wait until tomorrow, maybe the e-mail will be working better, also the one at home is a DSL not a satellite going througfh a telephone line.

Bill

-- Bill, Wisconsin, http://www.WoodworkerBill.com

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