walnut Trestle leg table

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Project by DaytonB posted 02-17-2011 06:55 PM 3054 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Trestle leg table with a little modern feel. It was inspired by a table in fine woodworking a couple years back. The wood is spalted walnut that was milled on our family farm in KS, The pins are ebony. I chamfered the bottom on both ends of the table to add some interest in unseen areas. I also did a curving chamfer on the long edges (doesn’t come out in the pictures) that is deepest in the middle and tapers off as it get to the ends. I think it turned out looking amazing. the benches for this table where not finished at the time the table was so I’ve included a couple pictures of a set built for a similar table, also inspired by the same FWW issue. The finish is a wipe one varnish with at least 6 to 8 coats and could probably use 3 or 4 more, kids can be pretty hard on furniture.


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#1 posted 02-17-2011 07:00 PM

Amazing work Dayton. Great job! Nice to see you posted new projects.

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 07:01 PM

That’s awesome Dayton, I think the bottom chamfer lightens the piece significantly and the chairs you have in the picture are amazing. Thanks for sharing. PS. Rock Chalk!!!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 07:33 PM

This has a wonderful streamlined lightness to it. Love the ebony wood with it, I like it better than a light wood like maple. As a beginner, I appreciate all the pics you gave of the construction – it really helps people like me learn! One question, how will you attach the top to the rest of the table?

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 07:35 PM

Very elegant table wow

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 07:51 PM

Very nice, I haven’t seen spalted walnut before. I really like it, I love walnut with the sapwood. Very nice job on the 2 Maloof chairs that you have with them.

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 08:09 PM

Well done, great looking table and chairs.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 08:43 PM

Simply beautiful craftsmanship, Dayton. Don’t you just love that walnut graining?

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 01:01 AM

What’s for supper? Again very nice work Buddy.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 01:07 AM

Great joinery! P.S.- love the chairs too

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 05:32 AM

Fantastic! The title caught my eye as I just cadged a pretty nice stash of walnut and I was thinking about doing a trestle table myself. Blew me away to find yours. You have set a very high water mark that I can only hope to be able to reach. Absolutely beautiful.

-- Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. -Soren Kierkegaard

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