SYP Trestle Table with Benches

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Project by graywolf posted 08-06-2013 09:12 PM 1896 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A project that I started in Feb, and I delivered it about two weeks ago. It is an all hand tool project which challenged me on the endurance level more than anything. I am however a few pounds lighter because of it. It was a lot of fun to do and the young family who commissioned this project are very happy. Enjoy

-- Richard, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 10:12 PM

That looks incredible for SYP… I thought it was cherry or some exotic species from the pictures. I’d like to hear your finishing process. The wedged tenons and trestle construction look great too. Did you hand plane the tenons/grooves for the breadboard ends? Really nice job.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 10:20 PM

Beautiful Trestle table Richard,nice work.

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 04:01 AM

Great dinning room set. Table and benches, awesome. Did you build the entire project without the use of any power tools? Cutting, sanding and fitting all done with elbow grease? I am impressed regardless, I have two benches just need a table.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 08:33 AM

What a great table and I’ll take a plate of noodles with some sauce pretty please…. :>)

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 11:23 AM

Thanks guys, Bob, the bread board ends the tenons I planed and cut with a bow saw, the mortise I used a chisel. they are fastened with white oak pegs. Geoff, Yes, I used no power tools in the building of this table and benches. My tool kit consisted of hand saws, hand planes, chisels, bit brace with auger bits, egg beater drill with drill bits, marking gauges, marking knives, awls, draw bore pins, and a bottle or two of beer just for flavor. I really enjoyed put this together like this and would go this route again. Don’t get me wrong I have no objections to power tools this was a choice to follow this discipline. Oh yeah, Bob, I would be glad to post the finish schedule but it’s little long so I’ll post it a little later. Thanks again.

-- Richard, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 02:54 PM

Nice table…great story.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 04:03 PM

That’s awesome. I’m going to favorite this one. This is exactly the kind of table and benches I want for my kitchen… only in walnut. Hope my husband can figure it out because I’m pretty sure it’s above my skill level.


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#8 posted 08-09-2013 04:48 PM

Beautiful dining set! Like the great design, joinery and finish. I’m sure it will last long to be enjoyed by the whole family. Great work!

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