Trestle Benches

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Project by sugarpine posted 12-03-2013 02:21 AM 1849 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two trestle benches made from 5/4 and 6/4 alder (90” long, 15” wide and 19” tall). Only the center leg is a through mortise. It was made using a dado blade to cut half mortises on each piece then glued together after the rail was screwed on. Both end legs appear to have through mortises and pegs but they are false. I made 3/8” deep mortises on each side of the end legs, attached the support rail with #12 screws from the outside mortise, covered the screw heads with a false end rail stub that was glued into the outside mortise. The faux locking pegs were glued on. Far from traditional methods but the end result accomplished the look I was trying to achieve. The shortcuts (some might say cheating) allowed me to get the project to my customer in time for him to stain and finish the benches prior to Thanksgiving. He had purchased a large used table but no chairs. Hopefully he got them done in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 12-03-2013 02:44 AM

I think you did a great job….very sharp.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#2 posted 12-03-2013 03:47 AM

Very nice work. I would have never thought to split the legs and reassemble them in that fashion. looks great.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#3 posted 12-03-2013 06:05 AM

Very beautiful benches and wood selection. I sure like furniture benches made from/with large beefy wood.

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

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#4 posted 12-03-2013 01:50 PM

Beautiful benches. Alder is great wood and very much underused. It finishes up very nice too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-03-2013 03:04 PM

Very nice clean project. You did a fine job on these.

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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Francois Vigneron

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#6 posted 12-05-2013 10:11 AM

A very clever build that looks nice too.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 08:09 AM

beautiful bench …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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