Tea Party Trestle Table

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Project by Nicholas Hall posted 215 days ago 1836 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a tea-party trestle table that my father-in-law and I made with some of the wood that we had custom sawed and kiln dried from lumber off of my Dad’s land in Maine. Suffice to say, I really lucked out in the Dad and father-in-law department.

Most of the credit for this table belongs to my FIL, who designed this piece and did the lions share of the build. He’s the handsome gent posing in front of the table for scale.

It’s the perfect size for tea parties, and when an assembly is gluing up in my workshop, I’m not ashamed in the least to share a cup of the queens finest with my 3 year old daughter. She really loves the table, uses it everyday for play and for snack time. It actually served as the toddlers table at my family’s Thanksgiving this year.

The lumber is 100% quarter-sawn hard maple. Not sure it’s really sensible to build a table out of quarter-sawn maple structurally, but it was fun to do, and I have gazillion bdft of it. All that vertical grain on top makes me smile and think of the lumbering project every time I see it. The only place I worry about it is the central stretcher, which is probably a bit too skinny where the oval is cut out in the center. If it fails, I guess I’ll just have to cut it out and build another one. The finish is wipe-on poly.

Here is a link to the project where my Dad and I had 2100 bdft of lumber cut from trees on his land and had it custom dried. It was as much fun as I’ve ever had. If you have some decent trees and are inclined to make sawdust, I highly recommend you give it a try.

Thanks for looking!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#1 posted 215 days ago

Very nice and one lucky daughter. Out of curiosity what are the dimensions for the table and benches?

-- paxorion

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Nicholas Hall

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#2 posted 215 days ago

Good question. I’ll measure it when I get home.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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Nicholas Hall

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#3 posted 215 days ago

The table is 17.5”h x 36”l x 18”w. The benches are 9”h 26”l x 6”w.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#4 posted 215 days ago

Great looking tea table! I like the matching benches, also!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 215 days ago

This is a very cool little table ,a super design and a good build.

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#6 posted 215 days ago

Very nice little table & benches.

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Don W

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#7 posted 214 days ago

Well done. I like the story line back to the trees.

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#8 posted 214 days ago

This is a very clean project and nicely done. Congratulations.

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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#9 posted 211 days ago

Beautiful set! The wood is gorgeous, like the design, the oval stretcher is a nice touch. Great job to both of you.

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#10 posted 205 days ago

I absolutely LOVE this table!

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#11 posted 204 days ago

Very nice Nicholas! I thought it was full size when first checking it out! Well done indeed.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 204 days ago

Very Nice Design! Good on “Editors Choice”.

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#13 posted 200 days ago

Outstanding!! I love the projects for the kids. Well done.

-- Vieth Custom Furniture,

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#14 posted 198 days ago

Great work well deserving of the Editors choice award.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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