Large walnut trestle table
I built this large trestle table from two large black walnut trees that were harvested from my parents property after they fell in a storm many years ago. My cousin has a large saw mill & kiln at his farm and turned the saved logs into dried thick cut timbers. All of the wood used in the build minus the maple wedges and bowties was harvested from my parents property. The table top measures 11 feet long by 54 inches wide and is 2 5/8 inches thick. The trestle frame is held together with a large center beam that has tusked mortise and tenon joints on each end. The entire table is estimated to weight approximately 650 lbs. The timbers used for the top started out at 4 1/4 inches thick. I added breadboard ends to ensure the top stays flat and the ends were joined to the table with a single tongue & groove joint and are draw boarded into the top with dowels. The top was finished with dark walnut danish oil and several top coats of wipe on polyurethane clear coat. I built the table as a gift for my parents.
Table fully dressed for Thanksgiving dinner.
Trestle frame of the table without the top. Tusked mortise and tenon frame is held together with maple wedges.
Close up of the wedged tenon.
Length view of the table top. Top of table is 11 feet long by 54 inches wide by 2 5/8 inches thick.
Close up of the breadboard end. I used dowels to draw board the end into the table top.