The Versatile Trestle Table project plans
Learn wedged-tenon joinery and design a table that suits your needs
Synopsis: With a simple form that allows many variations, the trestle table can look contemporary or classic. The trestles, the stretcher that joins them, even the top, all can be shaped in myriad ways. And the table is expandable, scaling up easily from this kitchen-sized table to a large dining table. The wedged joinery for the stretcher is rock-solid even though it’s called “knockdown.” With a through-mortise-and-tenon joint, the stretcher locates and holds the trestles upright. The wedges lock everything together, preventing the table from racking along its length.
With a simple form that allows many variations, the trestle table can look contemporary or classic. The trestles, the stretcher that joins them, and even the top can be shaped in myriad ways. The design offers easy access for diners, with no table apron to knock a knee against and more chair room on each side. And it is expandable,…
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Digital plans, a cutlist, and a SketchUp drawing for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.