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Cherry Trestle Table (Charles Durfee Design)

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Project by ajbergren posted 959 days ago 3055 views 19 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(Cross post disclaimer):

Dimensions are 36” wide by 77” long for the top and 29.5” high.

I was able to fine a few boards from the same tree for the top, and the others matched pretty well. The posts and stretcher was from a single 6/4 board, and the feet and cleats were from a single 8/4 board with similar colour and grain. I did have to use a symmetrical five board design for the top, as the four boards I had that would have been wide enough would have entailed unequal widths anyway ( couple were 8.5 ” and one was over 10”). Thus, I choose to use a pattern with five boards, and I used the golden ratio to achieve a pleasing pattern (8”, 5”, 10”, 5”, 8”). The breadboard ends were obtained from an off-cut of one of the 5” boards (both of the 5” boards were from the same tree).

Joinery is draw-bored, hand-cut mortise and tenon for the post-feet and post-cleat joints, and wedged through tenons for the post-stretcher joints. The top is attached with buttons, and two dowels are used to register the top and keep it from shifting (each cleat has a dowel that fits into the bottom of the top).

Finish is BLO and blonde shellac (many many many coats).

Thanks for looking and any comments welcome!!





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 959 days ago

Very nice top…you did a great job with the board orientation : )
Beautiful table design overall : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Jersey

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#2 posted 959 days ago

Beautiful table. Cherry really is hard to beat.
Well done
Helier

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ChuckV

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#3 posted 959 days ago

That is a beautiful table. Congratulations.

What is the thickness of the top?

-- “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

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ajbergren

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#4 posted 959 days ago

Thanks everyone!!

The top is just over 7/8” thick (from 4/4 Stock).

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jcop30

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#5 posted 959 days ago

nice job love it

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Ralphk

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#6 posted 958 days ago

Beautiful piece. Well done.

-- - Ralph, Great Falls, Virginia

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#7 posted 958 days ago

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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DamnYankee

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#8 posted 958 days ago

Nice, very nice.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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ajbergren

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#9 posted 958 days ago

There are five wooden buttons on each cleat. I’ve added a photo that shows this. Also, there is a dowel in the middle of each cleat that fits into the underside of the top (to keep things from shifting). It is rock solid and should withstand an unreasonable amount of abuse.

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#10 posted 958 days ago

Handsome!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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B13

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#11 posted 958 days ago

Yes please! pretty!

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 958 days ago

I like the chairs in your latest photo as well …...looks like a good way to mount the top : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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ajbergren

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#13 posted 958 days ago

Yes, it is probably obvious that I need to get started on some chairs!!

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KnotCurser

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#14 posted 949 days ago

This is simply fantastic. A true classic form done perfectly.

I will be making my office desk either out of cherry or walnut, but very similar to this.

Great job!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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john_az

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#15 posted 518 days ago

Really nice work!

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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