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A rustic farmhouse / harvest trestle table for a family kitchen.

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Project by NikBrown posted 12-02-2013 04:50 PM 1831 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my farmhouse / harvest trestle table for our family kitchen!!!

My goal was to have it done by thanksgiving. It was done but the top was still in the workshop and we ended up eating at the relatives house so it wasn’t needed for thanksgiving dinner. My wife helped my bring the top in last night and we ate leftovers as a family on it… so it counts! :)

One of the great things about building your own furniture is you can design it to fit a space exactly!

I started my table process over on Pinterest with just some ideas I liked. I modeled it all in sketchup to get rough ideas of joinery and dimensions. It took me a little over a month to build the table. I would say there is about 40-50 hours of woodworking and finishing into it.

The surface of the table top is slightly ripply or faceted because I leveled the table by hand with a hand plane with a slightly cambered blade. I wanted to give the top some texture while still making it easy to use and clean.

The top is about 50 board feet of Cherry finished with Shellac, Polyurethane, and wax. The base is made out of about 40 board feet of Ash that was died, painted with red milk paint, then black milk paint, then coated with danish oil and wax.

My goal was to have it done by thanksgiving. It was done but the top was still in the workshop and we ended up eating at the relatives house so it wasn’t needed for thanksgiving dinner. Sabrina helped my bring the top in last night and we ate leftovers as a family on it… so it counts! :) One of the great things about building your own furniture is you can design it to fit a space exactly!

Hopefully this table will see many happy family dinners for decades and maybe even centuries to come.

Full gallery over at my website: A rustic bombproof farmhouse / harvest trestle table for a family kitchen.

-- http://digitalwoodworker.com/ - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.





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Hi_C

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 05:24 PM

Gorgeous…well done!

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 07:45 PM

Looks great!

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 09:30 PM

Beautiful table, well done Sir! Nice tooling tracks on top, excellent legs.

-- "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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#4 posted 12-02-2013 11:57 PM

Now that is a nice looking table, Nik. Those legs look hefty enough to park a truck on and the “imperfect” top has a special look to it, not like a mass produced tops seen in nice furniture stores. Good job and thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#5 posted 12-03-2013 12:41 AM

Great work. That table is beautiful!

-- - Billy

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#6 posted 12-03-2013 12:44 AM

Turned out great ,but I guess I missed the rustic part :)

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#7 posted 12-03-2013 12:49 AM

Fantastic work on this home project, should bring plenty of years of entertainment as well as fine dining…bravo to your woodworking skills…Blkcherry

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#8 posted 12-03-2013 01:15 AM

It’s as rustic as I’ve gotten. Most of my work is finicky Greene & Greene work :D

-- http://digitalwoodworker.com/ - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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#9 posted 12-03-2013 01:38 AM

Beautifully executed table.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 12-03-2013 06:13 AM

Awesome build. It’s sure a perk to be a wood worker and build custom sized furniture to meet your needs. This table has one turkey dinner and counting. It looks tornado proof to me and with that should be able to handle triple digit turkey dinners without any problem. I like the size plus style design of the legs and the waviness, roughness of the table top finish. Very unique.

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

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#11 posted 12-03-2013 06:52 AM

Great job

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#12 posted 12-03-2013 08:16 AM

What a wonderful looking table. You put allot of love into that one

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#13 posted 12-03-2013 12:56 PM

Excellent build!

I really like the color of the base contrasted to the top – good choice!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#14 posted 12-03-2013 01:32 PM

Great job Nik. I like the texture of the top. When did you say we were all invited over for the grand christening???

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#15 posted 12-03-2013 08:54 PM

real nice table

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