Trestle drawing table

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Project by OregonWoodRat posted 01-09-2013 12:12 AM 3136 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just before Christmas I thought it would be nice to have a coffee table in the living room. Most of the time the table would be in the way so I thought my number two daughter, who loves to draw, would like to have it as a Christmas gift.
For a drawing table the top needed to tilt. After much thinking I came up with what you see in the pictures. Trying to determine what angle to have it adjust to was difficult. In the end I just guessed and made two adjustments.
I had intended for the height to be 18 inches. I messed up with the leg length and so the total height is 20. I forgot to subtract the top thickness Rats :( I hinged the top using two strap hinges and finished it with Tung oil.
The bark seems to be solid. The third picture shows a small round spot in the bark. That is where what looks to be a small branch grew and when it was cut into lumber it was cut in half so you can see a cross section of it.

It works well and she was very happy.

The table Specs:
Deodar cedar
Top: 1.25” x 18” x 36”
Height 20”
Finshed with Tung oil

Since her birthday is on Dec 30th I made 4 Japanese floor chairs with cusions so it was more confortable to sit at the table for long periods. The kids love the chairs. I had no idea anyone would like them.

Please leave feedback, good or bad.


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

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 12:53 AM

Good. Beautiful job on the table. Amazing colors in the top!

-- Chuck

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 12:54 AM

Massive growth rings in that Cedar…never heard of Deodar until now. I’m sure she’ll enjoy it for years to come : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 02:45 AM

That wood is beautiful. I also had never heard of Deodar Cedar before.
Now that the table has been used for a few days, do you still like the idea of the bark in place in terms of use? I mean is it comfortable on the children’s belly and arms? I ask because it sure does look great that you left it on, I may not have been as daring.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 03:09 AM

unique table good job.

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 04:32 AM

Nice job on this

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 03:27 PM

Fantastic job in creating the beautiful drawing table. Great idea on the different adjustments. Love to imagine on how amazing it is with the matching chairs.


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#7 posted 01-09-2013 05:52 PM

That simply demonstrates your level of artistry which is absolutely matchless!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 08:39 PM

GenuineGeek – The bark does not seem to be a problem. My girls are teens and my daughter that is using it is 14 so she is able to understand if she rubs against the bark it can scratch or break the bark off. I did seal the bark with Tung oil which helps. When the weather warms up I was going to put a few coats of polyurathane on just the bark but use tung oil on the rest.

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

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 10:49 PM

Awesome work!

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#10 posted 01-10-2013 03:56 AM

My daughter is a painter (artist) and I wanted to create a table she could use as an easel and a workstation, but I couldn’t figure out a tilting mechanism. I like the dowels, just as long as she doesn’t lose them. Thanks for sharing—-looks fantastic!!!!!

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#11 posted 01-11-2013 02:29 PM

That’s pretty creative!

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#12 posted 11-14-2014 02:59 AM

Cedrus deodara is a species of cedar native to the western Himalayas in eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, north Republic of India, southwesternmost Tibet in and western Nepal, occurring at 1,500–3,200 m altitude. It is used here in Canada and the USA as an ornamental tree.

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#13 posted 11-24-2014 06:34 PM

Here in Canby we are seeing many planted both very young and old.

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

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#14 posted 11-05-2015 06:14 PM

Beautiful table! I’m working with some deodar for coffee tables, accent tables, etc. and have come up with some issues concerning pitch pockets and oozing of pitch. Have you experienced this in your piece?
My table oozed pitch when being stored in an outdoor storage room that reached approx. 100 degrees F.
My understanding that the pitch is now “set” at 100 degrees, so if the piece sees that temp. again it won’t ooze.
I hope you didn’t have this problem, but IF you did—-how did you solve it?

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#15 posted 11-06-2015 05:31 AM

On the large trestle table I built I have one spot that continues to ooze pitch it is just enough to ruin the finish in that area. Everything else has been fine. Some of the other things I made was with the wood that has sat around for three years now so maybe it has “set” like you said.

Thank you for asking about it. I did not think much of the issue until now. :)

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

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