Trestle Benches

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Project by sugarpine posted 270 days ago 1157 views 12 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 270 days ago

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

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#2 posted 270 days ago

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 270 days ago

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 269 days ago

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 269 days ago

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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#6 posted 267 days ago

A very clever build that looks nice too.

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

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#7 posted 202 days ago

beautiful bench …

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

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