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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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Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table
Photo of Sapele Trestle Table

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