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Sapele Trestle Table

author-gravatar customcreationsDK Nov 19, 2018

This was a commission for a trestle table and benches.  It took eight months to find the right top. I ended up getting two book matched pieces 2x22x108" of quarter sawn Sapele.  From there I drew up the plans with pencil and paper. I  used some design cues from Robert Lang's American Trestle Table plans in Popular Woodworking 2006. The cut-out idea on the legs I got from a guy on Instagram with his permission, but I forgot his name now.  Since the top ended up being 1.75 x 39 x 80" I wanted the rest of the table to look stout and not the classic trestle table design.  The feet and top brace were made from 12/4, the legs and most of the benches were made from 8/4, and the bench tops were 5/4 Sapele.  I made a full scale mock-up of the leg assembly to work out the design and joinery details which I kept for future commissions.  Furthermore, I wanted to try out the Festool Domino Connectors for the stretcher so the table could be disassembled into four pieces.  The connectors worked great. I used Festool Dominos for the joinery and the finish is Odie's oil.  I used blend of hand and power tools.  The project took 75 hours and the customers were really happy with the final product.

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