134 - How to Make a Trestle Table (Part 1 of 3)

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This is the first in a 3-part series dedicated to the design and construction of a trestle table. But its not your everyday trestle table, since it will have a smooth sculpted look and will be used as a PC gaming desk. Made from solid Honudran Mahogany, it will only get more beautiful with time as it ages to a deep dark red color. And for the first time in a long while, I am knocking a "honey-do" project off the list. Nicole is thrilled!

And a quick note about the tools used in this episode. On most of my projects, I try to use tools and methods that are accessible to as many folks as possible. This is NOT one of those times! This was one of my personal fun projects where I basically use whatever tool I want to get the job done. So while I am using my preferred tools for each operation, I do try to recommend alternative options as I go.

Topics Covered:

Trestle table basics
Taking a design from concept to a full-size prototype
Creating free-form curved templates
Cutting thick stock at the bandsaw
Creating leg blanks from rough stock
Using the Festool Domino to create tricky mortises

My Shop Journal articles for this project:
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A trestle table is a terrific financial investment that you can utilize in so lots of different ways. There are a lot more uses for a trestle table than just as a dining space table.

These tables work surprisingly well in business location. Purchase the greatest size to use as a conference table or choose a smaller sized size table to utilize as a tasteful, personal desk that actually makes a declaration. A 4 by 6 foot table in a walnut or maple surface and even a lacquer, white or black surface, ends up being the ideal desk for your workplace. A trestle table is strong and having and welcoming one in your work area credits to you, a look of power, stability and success.

Bring in a brief bookcase and stock it with matching, attractive wicker baskets to hold all your office supplies and files and you're all set. You'll certainly stand apart from the rest of the office crowd.

When you have a lot of visitors in your house, you 'd do well to keep a table around for those times. Bring a longer, narrower table into your kitchen or dining-room to utilize as additional counter space or a breakfast table. If you desire a makeshift bar, choose a table with longer legs, include some bar stools and you're ready to have friends in for the big game.

Artists, writers and other creative types have long utilized trestle tables in their work, just due to the fact that they offer so much work space. Libraries, too, are big fans of the trestle table. Because they have the tendency to be solid and reliable, can hold a great deal of weight and take a great deal of abuse, yet, these tables never seem to wear out.

The majority of people would prevent having a large table in their dining room for just 2 or 3 individuals. Many families use a smaller table on an everyday basis and keep a bigger table on hand for unique events. In this way, they can accommodate those birthday celebrations, weddings, funerals and holidays that show up throughout the year. You can even take your table out onto a patio for a summer season bbq.

If you save your table top in a climate-controlled space such as under a bed or in a large closet, your table will not experience heat or moisture exposure and will remain in good condition so that it can be passed down to your kids one day.


There are a lot more uses for a trestle table than just as a dining space table. Buy the greatest size to use as a conference table or choose out a smaller size table to utilize as a stylish, individual desk that actually makes a declaration. Bring a longer, narrower table into your kitchen or dining space to utilize as additional counter space or a breakfast table. Numerous households use a smaller sized dining table on an everyday basis and keep a larger table on hand for special occasions.
More details on this project: http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/video...This is the first in a 3-part series dedicated to the design and construction of a trestle table. But its not your everyday trestle table, since it will have a smooth sculpted look and will be used as a PC gaming desk. Made from solid Honudran Mahogany, it will only get more beautiful with time as it ages to a deep dark red color. And for the first time in a long while, I am knocking a "honey-do" project off the list. Nicole is thrilled! And a quick note about the tools used in this episode. On most of my projects, I try to use tools and methods that are accessible to as many folks as possible. This is NOT one of those times! This was one of my personal fun projects where I basically use whatever tool I want to get the job done. So while I am using my preferred tools for each operation, I do try to recommend alternati...