Carvers Trestle Style Table

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Project by Whitt posted 09-03-2013 04:02 AM 2682 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Small Woodworking Bench meant for the front porch during winter.
Material: Laminated Bowling alley floor for a bench top, Yellow Pine from recycled skid for legs, Douglas fir from lumber yard scrap pile for trestle.
I used Oak carved pins to “draw Bore” the mortise and tenon joints tight, 1st time to do that and it worked great.
1st time also working with Southern Yellow Pine, great all around wood.
I had to cut slots on the underside of the table so I could use my small hobby vises and I bored dog holes, with my “original” cordless drill.

-- "May the Grain be with You, Always"

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 04:13 AM

Very nice bench. Lots of nice carvings will come off of it I am sure.

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 04:15 AM

Very nice.

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 12:00 PM

Looks great ,just the right size for a smaller area.

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 01:53 PM

Great looking bench.

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 04:14 PM

That is one nice bench!...............Jim

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 06:13 PM

I have that same angle-shaped vice on one of my benches. I found it at a garage sale and the inner faces of each jaw were made of rotted out masonite.. or something like that. I replaced that stuff with a couple of thin slabs of 1/4 oak. Made for an awesome little vice now.

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 06:21 PM

great bench!

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#8 posted 09-03-2013 08:44 PM

great work on that.. where did you get the bowling alley flooring?

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#9 posted 09-03-2013 09:16 PM

Very nice build—I really like what you’ve done.

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#10 posted 09-04-2013 02:24 AM

wow your bench turned out great very impressive!

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#11 posted 09-09-2013 03:40 AM

You will have to excuse my late reply to your comments,
Thank you for the positive comments.
To answer one comment I traded my Uncle a cane for the bowling alley floor. Only a small piece of it was used for this bench, the main piece is going onto my workbench in my shop.

-- "May the Grain be with You, Always"

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#12 posted 09-09-2013 01:19 PM

Classy bench. Your use of recycled/repurposed lumber is great.


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