Walnut & Ash Trestle Table
I decided to try my hand at building a trestle table for my dining room table. The main woods are ash and walnut, with walnut dowels and padauk wedges for contrast. Overall, took about 6 weeks to build basically on weekends.
Rough ash to start. I bought the walnut later and didn't bother taking a picture.
Base pieces cut out on table saw. Planed up and ready to go.
Legs were cut out on the bandsaw. Here I'm chiseling out mortises for base tenons.
Not a bad fit. Had some issues with these they were my first true mortise and tenons. This took several days and I was sore for days from hammering the mallet.
Settling on a layout for the table top. I'm a big fan on contrasting colors.
Table top glue up
Glued up, planed with a hand plane and sanded.
Gluing up the bases and using 3/4" walnut dowels. Again, contrasting colors.
Close up shot.
Both legs done.
Test fit of the whole base. Originally I was planning to cut the top peice shorter, but I left it for a little more support.
Another angle, showing the padauk wedge.
Table top on top, just wanted to see it better.
I forgot to take pictures during the bread boarding. This why by far the most tedious and annoying part of the build. Had some tear out with the doweling process on the first side. Made up for it on the second.
Applying several coats of Danish oil.
Danish oil on the base.
Set up in the house. The top is attaching with table top clips from rockler. Works well.
I still need to apply a protective coat. I was trying to finish it for Memorial Day weekend bbq, but wouldn't have enough time to let the poly or varnish dry. Will go back out to the garage this weekend to start that process.