|Project by jakub76||posted 404 days ago||2678 views||21 times favorited||12 comments|
Here’s an outdoor trestle table made from reclaimed Spotted Gum and Blackbutt 2×4’s, photo 6 shows the stock in my car.
I have an agency client (for my real job) that needed an outdoor table and a team building exercise. I organised the day and sourced some recycled timber…then the table saw broke before I had a chance to do any work. Argh! It was a real adventure coming up with different workflows and getting back to hand tools.
I prepared the top and made the trestle parts as rectangular blanks. Eventually my clients came, 9 of them spent half a day designing and cutting the trestle profile, cutting and fitting the final few mortises and tenons, and general planing and smoothing. It was high-fives all round when we put the table together at the end of the day for a dry fit. It took me another couple of days to smooth and finish the piece.
I designed the table after reading a bunch of articles online and in Fine Woodworking magazine. It’s 2200mm x 975mm x 740mm high. It breaks down to the basic pieces being the two trestles, stretcher, table top and the two small wedges that hold it all together. I inlaid my client’s logo in Maple into the stretcher.
The trestles use chunky mortise and tenon joints, the stretcher is a through tenon with two angled through mortises for the wedges. The table top uses breadboard ends, I used 4mm spacers between each slat tenon to keep things consistent. There are cleats screwed and glued to the underside of the top that position the trestle legs. Finally four bolts go through the cleats and trestle legs to hold the top down securely.
I re-enforced the short grain at the feet with a 1” oak dowel that runs around 150mm up into each foot. The bottom of the feet have a coating of epoxy to stop water take-up, the rest of the glue joints use Titebond III. The finish is two coats of Feast Watson, ‘Jarra’ coloured Outdoor Furniture Oil.
I enjoyed this project immensely. It was very satisfying to overcome the equipment obstacles, to introduce 9 new people to the joys of woodworking and to raise $500 for our community Men’s Shed.