Ladder Truss farm table with Benches

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Project by LightfootLtd posted 06-15-2012 03:10 PM 4146 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ladder Truss Farm Table with Benches
It is no secret that the beetle infestation of Colorado’s forests has left a huge quantity of dead trees lying in the forest rotting away.
This chunky table does its best to put some of this otherwise undesirable wood to good use.
With its wide plank top, and thick legs cut from 4”x6” timbers, a mildly arched ladder truss pegged in cherry draws your eye to more than just the blue of the pine.
Two matching benches join this monster for larger gatherings.
Be warned that the nature of this wood is prone to bending and twisting causing surface to change with time.
It is not unusual for items built with larger pieces to become slightly warped or crooked as climate changes.
The piece can be made to sit flat on the ground, however its surface may not remain perfectly level.
The Finish on this table is a natural Watco Danish oil with the top surface sealed in a clear wax.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 06-15-2012 03:16 PM

We just have to keep trying to use as much of the bug trees that we can. Very nice looking project.

We still have people here in a state of denial that the bugs are coming here. 2-3 years they’ll know the painful truth.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-15-2012 04:09 PM

Great job on the center beams on the table. Interesting design.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#3 posted 06-15-2012 04:43 PM

Really like the stretcher on the table

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 05:08 PM

yes you the dead trees save the live ones and there is a lot of ash trees there is three kinds if ash green,black ,and white all killed by a bug that is sad to have been put over here by the Gov. My son worked on trying to save some of the seeds last year to go in a seed bank . because there is no way to kill the bug . why dose are Gov. do this or let happen some times they say it to kill some other bug but they don’t thank of one thing that when you bring something is there has to be something that likes to eat it to. And it’s not just The woods that is in trouble is are big lakes to !!

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 07:28 PM

Amazing table and design. The endgrain showing on the thru tennons look incredible. Question, is the stretcher joined to the support with a large dado? Is it glued to the supports or is it removable?

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#6 posted 06-16-2012 03:23 AM

Do you know someone who would ship that wood to Naples, FL.?

-- Sptfish, Naples, Florida,

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#7 posted 06-16-2012 03:14 PM

Very nice!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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