Trestle Table Wider and Longer than the original Norm Design

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Project by thedude50 posted 11-27-2011 03:28 AM 2823 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the ultimate Knock down Furniture. It is easily moved from place to place. My wife wanted cherry which was going for 7 dollars a board foot back then and i was a starving student. i had a tiny bandsaw and had no jointer. i jointed the boards on the table saw as norm showed us how to do that it was done pretty well as there are no gaps in the top. I was on a strict budget so i used heart redwood to make this table the finish is Olympic antique cherry and it took 4 quarts to do the whole table and get the look my wife wanted. this was before i had the hvlp sprayer the feet were morticed in halves then glued together the bridge piece is trough morticed on the delta hallow chisel morticer the center mortices for the cross member were cut by hand and a drill chisel the tooth mortices were also done on the hallow chisel mortiser then rounded buy hand with a file and chisels the end caps on the top fit on a tongue that was cut with a plunge router the mortice for this was done on the router table and it is pinned on and not glued to allow for expansion and contraction we still use this table even though we have much finer furniture today we pull this out of my wifes office for Holiday feasts so it was out for Thanksgiving and I thought it was a good time to snap some photos of this large project This design was modified to allow a row of food down the middle and to fit the 12 in dinner plates my wife has in red and blue willow. THIS IS A FUN PROJECT, I recommend it as a skill builder it will present you with several challenges and how you pull them off will make you a better woodworker. I will be making one out of cherry to these exact specs for our kitchen dining as we have a nice eithen allen table in the dining room that has ball and claw feet that i cant carve yet and if i can i will replace it too someday with my own work but it will have to be as nice as the Allen piece which i lack the carving skills at this time to pull off. If you want to make one to my specs ill try to find the drawing and post it as a pdf for you otherwise use norms design but widen it and lengthen it to fit your room

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#1 posted 11-27-2011 03:47 PM

Very nice table. Great color. Thanks for posting it.

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#2 posted 11-27-2011 03:59 PM

Beautiful table.

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 05:16 AM

Mighty fine table. Great knock down design, too. Can’t wait to see more of your projects when the shed is done. Best wishes and great health to you.

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#4 posted 11-29-2011 09:05 PM

I like the stain. A good project and a nice looking table.

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