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She Wanted That Pine Trestle Table Stained Dark

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Project by JoeBama posted 04-27-2013 10:47 PM 3147 views 13 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece and her husband are setting up housekeeping and needing to fill the rooms of their new home with furniture. So when they called on their Uncle Joe to make the dining room table I was honored to oblige. Well when I think of pine farm tables in the trestle style I think of a light shellac finish highlighting the pine’s grain and occasional knot. When the kids said they wanted it stained dark ebony I winced. But after seeing the finished table with a distressed ebony finish I must admit it is growing on me. I enjoyed laminating the 2x lumber and working with the beefy legs. The hardest part was the pull out ends on the top to receive 12 inch leaves. The newly weds are happy with the table and are waiting on the buffet that will follow. What do you all think? Joe

-- JoeBama, Madison, Al. jdharless57@knology.net





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TheeWoodShed

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#1 posted 04-27-2013 10:50 PM

Would love to see a couple pictures of the top if possible? Love the legs!!! Meaty, heavy, solid!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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JoeBama

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#2 posted 04-27-2013 10:58 PM

I just added one pic of the top. Thanks for looking.

-- JoeBama, Madison, Al. jdharless57@knology.net

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KENVO

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 11:00 PM

Nice job! I agree with you on the colors but it does look good stained black. We have a table that was a wedding present 8 years ago, bought from a local furniture store. As a woodworker im having a hard time letting it stay in the house. Maybe I need to build one like yours and move the other out.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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whitebeast88

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 12:22 AM

very nice table,the legs are great.
i agree on the stain it starts to grow on ya…..

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 12:32 AM

I would have fought them on the dark stain as well. But we were wrong, it looks very nice! I love the curved legs on this one. Ya dun gooood here!

Was that MinWax Ebony stain? Did you do anything to minimize blotching?

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

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KelvinGrove

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 12:45 AM

What were the curved parts of the legs cut from?

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Oldtool

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 01:15 AM

Nice table, great work. Got pictures of the leaves? And additional finish over the ebony stain?
It helps using pine on a project this size, keeps the weight down, easier to handle the components.
Was this an original design?, I like the extension leaves idea.

-- "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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JoeBama

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 01:19 AM

I laminated four 2×12 yellow pine boards to cut the curved parts. I ordered two 3×3 metal plates from King Architectural Metals and used four 6 inch bolts on each end to secure the legs to the stretcher. The feet are actually six 2xs laminated. Hope this answers some questions.

-- JoeBama, Madison, Al. jdharless57@knology.net

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JoeBama

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#9 posted 04-28-2013 01:32 AM

No leaf pictures. I finished with sanding sealer followed by Espresso stain and wiping Poly. All I had to go by was a picture of a similar table from one end. So you could say I made it up as I went. The table still weighed at least 200 lbs. The trick on the leaves is getting them to blend with the pull outs. I probably spent more time on this than anything else.

-- JoeBama, Madison, Al. jdharless57@knology.net

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 04-28-2013 01:43 AM

Thanks for the quick reply

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

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#11 posted 04-28-2013 02:21 AM

Very nice!

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sras

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#12 posted 04-28-2013 04:09 AM

I’d say the dark stain turned out great! I rarely stain either, but this definitely works.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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eddie

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#13 posted 04-28-2013 04:54 AM

very nice table well done

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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eddie

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#14 posted 04-28-2013 04:55 AM

love the table Joe lived in decature for 7 years loved it and loved Alabama

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Monte Pittman

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#15 posted 04-28-2013 10:04 AM

I like it. The legs are fantastic. The stain is simply what the customer wants.

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

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