Natural edge buffet trestle table

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Project by OregonWoodRat posted 10-29-2012 08:47 PM 2891 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Thanks Giving I thought we could use a buffet table and then after my wife can use it to display her Christmas village.
Made from Deodar Cedar that I cut from a tree we had cut down from our front yard. I cut the wood using an Alaskan saw mill guide. I air dried the wood and then checked it using a moisture content meter.

I had watched the videos from The Wood Whisperer on the trestle table build and thought I would give it a try. For the first time I used a pattern. After creating the pattern on ¼ inch hard board I traced it on the wood and cut out the pieces. After rough cutting the parts I used double stick tape to stick the patterns on the parts and used a pattern bit to do the final cutting. The feet are 24 inches wide and 3.5 inches thick. The vertical part and top is 3 inches thick. The top part is 20 inches wide. I used a 5 inch grinder with a sanding disc to blend the feet into the vertical leg. Then finished up with my pad sander and a little bit with a file.

The top is 32×60 x 30inches high with the bark left on. The bark seems attached very well.

I connected the legs to the top and the leg to stretcher using Power Pro Construction screws. They have a nice round brass looking head and are made of hardened steel.

I finished it with semi gloss varathane.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 12:00 AM

Nice table, very nice. I like the natural edge too. Great work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 01:00 AM

Nice table with a nice finish. And the fact that you started with a tree makes it even better. I’ll have to Google “Deodar cedar” as I have never heard of it before.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 01:22 AM


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#4 posted 10-30-2012 02:57 AM

That table looks great nice job.

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 01:20 AM

gfadvm – Deodar cedar is a very messy tree due to it sheds needles for 7 months of the year but the wood looks nice. It comes from the himalayas. It seems there was a builder here in Canby that liked the tree. Many homes in my neighborhood have them.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 02:10 AM

great looking table. I like the natural edge.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 02:58 AM

Thanks for the info Peter. I always like to try new/unusual/difficult woods.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 03:32 AM

I love trestle tables, and your’s is a beautiy!

Keep up the good work!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 01:33 AM

VERY nice trestle table. And the live edge is to die for!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 03-03-2017 04:38 PM

this is georgous, nice finish, simply beatifull

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#11 posted 03-04-2017 08:10 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful table and you’ve done a wonderful job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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