How to join this trestle table legs?

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Forum topic by FreddyS posted 10-18-2015 05:16 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2015 05:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: vanity trestle table legs joining oak walnut

Hi everyone!

After some projects for me, is time to get the wife happy and build something for her, actually it will be for both of us but she chose the design and I have to comply haha.

We are renovating the shower room but didn’t like the vanities within our budget, and the ones we liked are just too expensive for what you get (mdf +synthetic fake wood laminate ) so we decided to go the DIY way and use real wood.

And this is the one she liked:

It seems like a fairly easy build and already made a plan, but I’m not sure about the best way to join the legs to the top, so any advice will be appreciated!

This are the tools I have, just in case its important: table saw, router table, band saw, kreg jig.

BTW. the original table is said to be made of american oak, (maybe stained?) I was planning to use oak too, but we like more the color of walnut, what’s your advice on this considering it will live on the shower room?

Update: while the original model is like 60” long, I’ll be building my version only 32” long.

Thanks a lot!

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#1 posted 10-18-2015 05:26 PM

You don’t list much in dimensions, and part of my brain says the lower shelf that seems to be greater than 48” should have a support of some sort. I would look at joining the legs front and back with a rail and then a single stretcher under the shelf. Dye can get you to a good dark color, I’ve used the water soluble dark mission brown to get deep chocolate colors for several of my wife’s designs, (see the cross in my projects) As for the moisture from the bath, be sure to seal all surfaces very well, I’d go poly but there are others that could do well too.

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#2 posted 10-18-2015 06:02 PM

Hi ChefDAN: the original model is like 60” long but mine will be only 32” and I’ll be using 1” thick wood for the top, maybe for the lower shelf too. At this length it may not be necessary but is a good idea to add the stretcher anyway, thanks for the tips!

I’ll draw the legs and rail idea and post it to see if I got it right ;)


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