Trestle table plans

This step by step diy project is about trestle table plans. If you want to build a beautiful dining table and you look an unique design, this trestle table might be what you are looking for. Follow the instructions and pay attention to the diagrams, if you want to build the wooden table in just one weekend.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning and to adjust the size of the dining table to your needs, while you can still use the woodworking techniques described in this project. Taking into account the exquisite design, this table can match the style of any home. Mark the cut lines on the slats before making the cuts and use a jigsaw to get the job done.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tool when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure. Round the exposed edges with sandpaper or by using a good router.

 

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Trestle table plans

Building a trestle table

Building a trestle table

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 33″ long, 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 3 1/2″ long BASE
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 25 3/4″ long LEGS
  • C – 4 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 7″ long TRIMS
  • D – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 84 1/2″ long STRETCHER
  • E – 2 piece of 2×6 lumber – 44″ long, 2 pieces – 77 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 33″ long TABLETOP
  • F – 24 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 36 1/4″ long PANELS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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Building a trestle table

Building the base of the legs

Building the base of the legs

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the base for the trestle table. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to use 2×4 slats and to cut the ends in a decorative manner. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper.

 

Building the legs

Building the legs

 

Next, you have to fit the legs to the supports. Build the legs out of 2×6 lumber and drill pocket holes at both ends. Center the legs to the supports and lock them into place using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.

Top Tip: We recommend you to cut out a rectangle inside the legs, so you can fit the wooden stretcher. Drill a starting holes and use a jigsaw to make the hole.

 

Building the trims

Building the trims

 

In order to enhance the look of the dining table, we recommend you to build decorative trims out of 2×8 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the lumber and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges and drill pocket holes along the straight edges.

 

Fitting the trims

Fitting the trims

 

Fit the trims to the supports and secure them to the structure using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and leave no gaps between the components. In addition, fit pieces of 1×4 lumber under the base, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the pieces of lumber and secure them to the base using 1 1/4″ screws and glue.

 

Building the frame of the table

Building the frame of the table

 

Next, you need to build the frame of the tabletop. Use 2×6 lumber to get the job done in a professional manner. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the middle support, as well as at both ends of the perpendicular components (the brown ones). Align the components, making sure the edges are flush. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together and add glue to the joints.

 

Building the table panels

Building the table panels

 

Continue the project by fitting the 1×3 slats to the frame of the tabletop. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Place the slats equally-spaced and leave no gaps between the components.

 

Fitting the legs

Fitting the legs

 

After assembling the tabletop, you need to lay it on a level surface. Attach the legs to the tabletop, making sure they are centered. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Also, add glue to enhance the bond of the components. However, we recommend you to insert the screws after fitting the stretcher to the side legs.

 

Building the stretcher

Building the stretcher

 

Build the stretcher for the trestle table out of 2×6 lumber. Use a circular saw to cut both ends as described in the diagram. Work with attention, otherwise the stretcher won’t fit into place properly.

 

Fitting the stretcher

Fitting the stretcher

 

Fit the stretcher to the legs and drive a few screws to lock everything together tightly. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the galvanized screws.

 

Trestle table plans

Trestle table plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours.  Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the indoor furniture plans featured on our website.

 

 

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