Country style Trestle Dining Table

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Project by Oldtool posted 261 days ago 1294 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed a trestle table for my daughter-in-law and delivered it this last Saturday. Oak, dyed with Transtint to match a new set of chairs, and finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.

The finish gave me fits, never worked with oak before & it soaked up the wiping varnish like a sponge with water. I came to LJs for advise on this, and ended up following the expert advise of Charles Neil, “simply wait”. You can view all the great responses by fellow LJs here.

The legs are very hefty, solid 8/4 oak, with feet & upper cross members almost as wide as the top’s 43”, and secured with 1/2” oak dowel pins – top & bottom. The top is secured by wooden buttons, or clips as shown in the last photo above, to help keep it flat. Breadboard ends also add to keeping the top flat, with 1/4” oak dowel pins as shown here:

I started finishing this table with the top first as described above, and took the advise of fellow LJs by using Zinssr’s Seal Coat shellac sanding sealer first on the legs and stretcher, then the wiping varnish – work like a charm.

When I put the tenons on the leg uprights, I used my router sled that I typically use to flatted boards. This can be seen here, and it too worked well on this thick stock.

Well, thanks for looking, and I hope what I’ve learned and described here will help others.

-- "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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#1 posted 260 days ago

Great looking table with nice write up and photographs. Congratulations on a job well done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 260 days ago

Beautiful table. You did an excellent job…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 260 days ago

Great looking table.

-- Terry,Tennessee

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#4 posted 259 days ago

Man that looks nice.
Fine job!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 259 days ago

You did a fine job on this. Congratulation.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 257 days ago

Nice work OT. The finish work really turned out nice. Congrats!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#7 posted 257 days ago

Gorgeous dining table! Like the great design and build especially legs and the joinery, a great heirloom piece for sure. Great work!

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#8 posted 256 days ago

really nice work – beautifully finished

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 254 days ago

Beautiful, I love the look of Trestle style tables. Amazing work.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#10 posted 104 days ago

Beautiful trestle dining table.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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