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  1. Lucasd2002

    kitchen table (trestle)

    Thanks guys. The cherry top is sitting in the driveway now soaking up some rays.
  2. Lucasd2002

    kitchen table (trestle)

    Parts are ready for finish. The base (red oak) will be stained gray. I have been experimenting with GF water based stain (whitewash color) mixed with black transtint. The top (cherry) will have at least 2 coats of WDO followed by at least 3-4 coats of ARS satin. I usually let the last coat of WDO cure for at least a week before the first coat of ARS. The last real decision is whether the WDO will have any tint. Here are a couple samples - actual offcuts from the top. The sample of the left has 2 coats of WDO "natural" with one coat of ARS. The sample of the right has 2 coats of WDO "medium walnut" with one coat of ARS. Apologies for awful indoor lighting and picture quality. The picture below show exaggerated differences between the upper and lower boards (the top and bottom of each sample look much more similar in person - for both samples). I know that cherry will darken with age. However, the boss has asked for "more brown" and prefers the sample on the right. I am leaning toward the "natural" WDO (sample on the left). The main concern I have with the sample of the right (other than it may be too dark long term) is that there are some splotches on the lower board. The sample on the left seems a bit more consistent. I may be nitpicking. What say the collective? Here is the top ready for finish.
  3. Lucasd2002

    kitchen table (trestle)

    The last new parts are fitted. I made 4 wedges from cherry offcuts from the top (2 at each end of the trestle assembly). The 8/4 stretchers have "angled" mortises where they pass through the trestle assemblies. I spent a few hours Saturday and Sunday planing the top to try to remove a high spot in the center board. The base is finished, but I plan to cut the stretchers now that the mortises and wedges are defined (I left them intentionally long because I wasn't sure what how the mortises would turn out).
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    kitchen table (trestle)

    Been working on the top (after taking most of the summer off). I ended up using 5 pieces of 8/4 cherry with biscuits for alignment. I wanted to challenge myself and try breadboard ends, so I routed about 1/3 of the thickness from the top and bottom at each end. Then, I cut away portions of the ends to make 3 tenons. I also use the table saw to cut a slot in the breadboard ends to match the tenon. I used a drill press and chisels to remove material corresponding to the 3 tenons (in each breadboard end). I was a little too aggressive in the offset when I drilling holes for drawboring the 3/8 dowels as 2-3 of them sounded like they snapped when I hammered them into position. I glued the center tenon only but did add glue at the end of the dowels. The outer two holes in the tenons are slotted. Seems to be ok so far. After drying and trimming/planing/sanding the dowels.
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    kitchen table (trestle)

    Thanks guys. The pine parts shown here are not intended to be attached to the top. They are supposed to help set the distance between the two trestle assemblies and provide a (flat-ish) surface along with the upper parts of the trestles for the top to rest on. In theory, these 4 t-nuts should take very little vertical load. I did actually use CA glue when I embedded those 4 t-nuts (and I drilled small pilot holes for the barbs extending from the t-nuts). At this point, I'm happy to not have CA glue holding a thumb and index finger attached to one another. That didn't actually happen, but I'm always paranoid that it will. My plan is for the only attachments between the base and top to be between the oak trestle parts and the cherry top. However, my plan would create a similar problem that Steve described. My plan was to embed the same t-nuts in the underside of the cherry top to align with the center of the slotted holes in the trestle (shown in the 3rd and 4th pictures in my post on Friday). I counter-bored these slotted holes before I cut the angled side parts off the upper parts of the trestles. I was tentatively planning to add a third counter-bored (non-slotted) hole at the center of each of the trestle, which would provide 6 total fasteners connecting the base and top. One of my original ideas was to use s-clips (like these) to attach the top, but I was worried about having to move the clips each time the top and taken off and put back on (i.e., the wood screws creating swiss cheese on the bottom surface of the top). Realistically, I'm not sure how often the table would be disassembled. When I was planning things out the metal t-nuts sounded like a more elegant solution for attaching and reattaching the top to the base. I haven't even started milling the cherry for the top so I have plenty of time to rethink the attachment between the top and base.
  6. Lucasd2002

    kitchen table (trestle)

    Trying to finish up the base. This is the current state. I added curves to the vertical parts of the trestle members and the lower stretchers. The vertical parts have through mortises for the lower stretchers. The biggest lesson learned from cutting those curves was that I overestimated my ability to operate a jig saw with thick material. I already knew that I should have a bandsaw for cuts like those, and this experience did nothing but reinforce that. Unfortunately, I do not have the space for a bandsaw at this time. The most recent change was to add the upper stretchers with lap joints. These parts are the first that are not red oak to this point (southern yellow pine). The idea is that these would be hidden by the top. I am embedding t-nuts in the top of the trestles for 1/4-20 fasteners that pass through the upper stretchers. The only task left for the base (other than sanding and finishing) is to create the vertical mortises in the lower stretchers and the wedges that will pass through these mortises and press against the outer surfaces of the vertical parts of the trestle members. The plan is to use cutoffs from the cherry for the top to make the wedges. I am a little nervous about cutting the mortises because (1) I don't want to mess up the lower stretchers and (2) I have never cut angled mortises. I guess only one of the four faces of those mortises needs to be angled, but still... After the mortises/wedges, I will start milling the 8/4 cherry for the top.
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    kitchen table (trestle)

    I've made some progress on the base. All of the parts for the two trestle assemblies are made from 3 layers of 4/4 red oak. I tried to be smart and mill all of the center layer components to be the same thickness. Lots of milling - I had a pile of parts cut to rough size. Then, started clamping subassemblies together. The tops and bottoms of the trestle are the same at this point. Here was one of the first dry-fits, before the vertical parts had the outside layers glued on. Then, I did some shaping to the tops and bottoms. I also drilled some counterbored, slotted holes through the upper pieces to attach to the table top and removed material from the center portion of the bottom parts to make feet. Here are dry fits of the 2 trestle assemblies after that process. Next, milled the 8/4 red oak for the 2 stretchers that will pass through the vertical pieces. This was laying them out for length. I have laid out the mortises in the vertical parts for the 2 stretchers. Cutting those mortises is my next task.
  8. Lucasd2002

    kitchen table (trestle)

    I was thinking about attaching the upper stretchers using half-lap joints to the top of the trestles with a recessed (counter-bored) fastener extending through the half-lapped portion of the stretcher down into the trestle. That way, the stretchers would be removable, but the hardware would be hidden by the table top. If I was fancy, maybe I would do a half-lap dovetail, but this part would not be visible (and I'm not that fancy).
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    kitchen table (trestle)

    This my initial sketch for the table.
  10. Lucasd2002

    kitchen table (trestle)

    Thanks - this is very helpful. My original thought was to construct the trestles from 3 layers of 4/4 red oak, which would be layered in the longitudinal direction of the table (same orientation as Denette's legs here but less fancy). My pile of 4/4 red oak seems to take quite a bit to mill down so the overall thickness may be not much more than 2". I am starting to question whether that is sufficient.
  11. Lucasd2002

    kitchen table (trestle)

    The 51" width is actually narrower than the pedestal table it would replace, but yes, I understand this is pretty wide for a trestle table. The image below shows what I mean about the single stretcher vs double stretcher. My understanding is that the second image (on the right), which adds a second stretcher along the length of the table, is appropriate for wider tables. The image below shows the stretchers approximately half way up the legs. My earlier comment about the 1/3 from the top was from Marc's 2017 trestle table design.
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    kitchen table (trestle)

    We're actually a family of midgets (kidding, of course). I am 5'-8" (and so is my wife). We have two daughters, so it is unlikely that any regulars will be taller than 5'-8". I will look into it and would have no problem raising it. Another thought I had was the lack of an apron should reduce issues with a low table top. I haven't been to a local hardwood dealer to price these materials yet (can only really make it on Saturday morning). The last prices I have seen online had walnut almost double the price of cherry.
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    kitchen table (trestle)

    I am planning a trestle kitchen table. Our current table is an heirloom pedestal mahogany table that is approximately 100 years old and we are afraid it is not capable of handling two growing children. So, it will move to the dining room. This is a commission from the wife. Initial planned dimensions (based on the space available and traditional ratios) are 82"x51"x29". Marc's 2017 trestle table provided some inspiration. Some of the features that I want to incorporate are breadboard ends and through tenons with tusk tenons in the stretcher(s). I am leaning toward bridle joints at the top/bottom of the legs for attaching to the feet and table-top supports. My research into the trestle style found the document below, which says that anything over 36" wide will want two vertical legs at each end (each having a stretcher). The full quote is "The single post at each end, including the sculpted board, have structural problems when the tabletop is wider than about 36”. Then two posts and two stretchers are used." http://www.stephanwoodworking.com/DiningTableDesignConsiderations1-16-14.pdf I also found some text from an old magazine article (Fine Woodworking #42) that says: "Practical dimensions—A trestle table at standard dining height (29 in) looks and works best when 6 ft. long or longer. At any length, the amount of top between the endframes compared with the amount outside them is important. Putting about five ninths between the supports and two ninths out at each end balances the top against sagging, whatever its thickness." Based on these sources, my tentative plan is: -base length of about 45" with an 18.5" overhang at each end (overall top length of 82"); -2 vertical legs at each end attached to a common foot at top/bottom and a stretcher attached approximately 1/3 from the top of each leg. Materials: My tentative plan is to use red oak that I already have on hand for the base (8/4 for the stretchers and multiple layers of 4/4 to 'construct' the bridle joints). To please the wife, the plan is to stain the oak grey or bleach it. For the top, the plan is to acquire cherry, walnut, African mahogany, or ? in either 6/4 or 8/4. I am leaning toward 8/4 based on the planned size of the top. I want walnut but don't want to pay for walnut. Maybe cherry. Any input or critique is very appreciated. Do I definitely need 2 stretchers for a 51" wide trestle table?
  14. Lucasd2002

    Free Qtr Sawn oak 6/4 6" boards Atlanta

    At least we don't have any traffic problems. I think downtown (not midtown/buckhead) gives a poor impression of the area. If I only saw downtown, I would not want to stay here either. I live very near the Alpharetta Woodcraft and they are open 7 days a week, which is nice. I do struggle to make it to lumberyards during business hours. Basically, I have go first thing on Saturday morning.
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    Free Qtr Sawn oak 6/4 6" boards Atlanta

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