Trestle Table

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Project by TheAleGuy posted 01-28-2013 06:04 AM 1697 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the hardest project to date as I’m still working on it. Working in the pub due to it being 6 degrees outside and an unheated garage. The client wanted to use a tree they cut down from there own tree farm over a year ago. Kiln and drying the wood to planing, cutting, sanding for hours. I have built complete houses, bar rooms, offices, media rooms faster and easier than this trestle table. I’m now in the finishing of the top with 10 coats of Rust-Oleum polyurethane each coat sanded with 1500 grit paper and 0000 steel wool. The table is solid cherry the base measures 39” x 62” to hold the massive top of 84” X 48” by 1” thick. I have a new love, understanding and appreciation of woodworking also the mistakes and pains. I only hope and pray that this table will last the client through generations of great dinners.

-- J. L. , Kinsman, Ohio

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 06:18 AM

Good work a unique design.

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#2 posted 01-28-2013 09:14 AM

Looks good from here!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 12:00 PM

Really nice table

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-28-2013 12:27 PM

Beautiful! I have one of these on my list of to do, but first, I have to learn how to make chairs!

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 02:48 PM

I know what you mean about the sanding. I have a suggestion. Find a cabinet shop or woodworking place near by. Ask them if they would run your tops through their drum sander. Some have a 36’’ or 48’’ wide machine. Usually a minimum charge of say $20.00. Its well worth it and will come out flat and very smooth.

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 02:49 PM

That’s a nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 04:22 PM

Good looking table. Did you turn the legs? Nice job.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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