|Project by Mean_Dean||posted 04-13-2013 01:22 AM||5025 views||9 times favorited||16 comments|
This is a walnut trestle dining room table. I got the idea, and the plans, from Tommy Mac’s TV show on PBS.
It is solid walnut, and follows the plans closely, except for the tusk tenons on the ends. I got this idea from one of Tage Frid’s books (maybe his #3 book.)
The table top is 60”L x 40”W, and the table itself is 30”H. It seats 4 comfortably, and will seat 6 in a pinch.
All parts, except the top are finished with Danish oil. The top is finished with several coats of wiping varnish (Bob Flexner’s recipe: semi-gloss oil polyurethane, thinned with mineral spirits.)
Now for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Good: The wiping varnish finish on the top. Thinning out the polyurethane really makes the finish lay down well, leaving no un-popped bubbles. The finish really has a nice sheen to it, and I think, looks great!
The Bad: Using wiping varnish means you have to put down many, many coats of finish to get it built up to the level you want. Also means a lot of sanding between coats! The top also has breadboard ends, and as I have now discovered, the breadboard ends only line up with the rest of the top on the day you rip the top to width. After that, they are either longer or shorter!
The Ugly: The top is 40” wide, so I used 8 – 5” boards to make it. Some woodworkers believe you should use the widest boards possible, and use only 2 or 3 to make a tabletop. I was concerned about the top cupping if I used 2 – 20” boards (not to mention, where the heck do I find them!), so I used smaller, flat boards, and tried to match the grain as best I could.
Comments and questions appreciated!
-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN