12 ft Rustic Dining Trestle Table and Bench

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Project by RockyBlue posted 01-25-2013 05:12 PM 8721 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 12’x44” table is made with Engleman spruce. The style is similar to something what pottery barn had. The live edge top is 1.5” thick. I sanded the entire top flat with the widebelt sander, then took a lathe skew and cut a groove where the joints were to make them look hand made. For the benchtop I used a drawknife to accomplish the same thing before I glued it together. The stain was fun to do, but challenging to make it look old and rustic. I used 3 coats of poly over the stain. The bench is 4’ long and basically a small version of the table. I enjoyed working on this project, it’s was nice to do something different once in a while.

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

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 05:16 PM

Looks great. You did a nice job on this and I really like how you “grooved” the table top. A very nice set!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 05:27 PM

Nice table. Despite its massive base, the shape is quite elegant.
Well done!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 05:28 PM

this turned out really nice, it never hurts to do something different, its good for your reputation, folks like it when they see you can do different styles and design…great job..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 06:02 PM

Very beautiful. Love the colors.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 06:35 PM

A big project nice work.

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 07:07 PM

This is very nice work.

-- "My 6 grandkids call me Dude"

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 07:28 PM

Nice piece! Do you have a small forklift for moving finished pieces? Must wiegh a bit?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 07:41 PM

Excellent work! You really seem to be getting the hang of this rustic look!

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

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 07:44 PM

Ha, I wish I had a forklift, but for now it’s good old fashion manpower! The base I can pick up myself, but the top was quite heavy. I’ve moved 10ft tabletops myself, but knew better on this 12’ beast.

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

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 09:02 PM

looks great

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 09:28 PM

great table,it turned out awesome!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 01-25-2013 10:03 PM

Gorgeous pieces! Will surely be enjoyed by the whole family and will last for many years.


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#13 posted 01-25-2013 10:22 PM

That turned out great. I really like the bench on the end. I also like how the color turned out.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#14 posted 01-26-2013 12:22 AM

You rat ba$tard :) now my wife is going to want me to make her one. It really looks great! You must be proud. How much do you think it weighs?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#15 posted 01-26-2013 03:37 AM

hell of a project. This is truly awesome. I love the bulk and mass. For my way of thinking tables are the very best. They are not only great to look at but it’s put to use every day. Massive trestle set up. Live edge too, this table’s got it all, Beautiful.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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