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Farmhouse trestle table in process

I am building a large (11' long x 5' wide) farmhouse trestle table out of Oregon Black Walnut. The sketch below is the basic design, with a slight modification to the base rail.

Customers did not want any curves, so I beveled it instead. Pretty much everything is mortise and tenon. While I would have like to do through tenons with wedges, they did not want that. Given the mass of the table, I instead opted to insert lag screws into the tenons for extra joint strength, especially since the grain directions oppose at the joints. The 3/4" counter bore holes get plugged with flush plugs cut from the same boards where the holes are bored in.

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So the base structure is now essentially complete. I will begin on the top tomorrow, and I will need to build a contraption to enable me to turn it over, as it will weigh about 350#. I will post as it progresses.
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-22-2019, 12:46 AM
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That's the Mother of farm house tables!

You didn't ask for suggestion for flipping the table, but we had a thread here about doing that. I have one idea and that is to use the base you already have as the assembly table. Make a sub-support with cross members on it to keep it nice and to give more support for the planks when gluing them together. Once it's all together and one surface is flat, now is "flipping time".


One suggestion was to attach a pipe stub on each end with a corresponding receiver and legs to alllow it to rotate. You would need to pull the table support out from under it to make room for it to rotate, but that should be fairly easy. Then move it back under after it's rotated.



Another suggestion is an engine hoist aka cherry picker to lift it from one side enough to rotate it, removing the support table as you lift. If you have overhead beams, a chain fall will lift it with a proper sling arrangement.



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OOOPs! I see that we have already discussed how to do this in YOUR other earlier thread! So, disregard my suggestions above if you have got this figured out! And do take some photos for us the see the method.


I like the idea of a rotisserie using one continuous 2" pipe and supports at either end, maybe some stout saw horses. Attaching the pipe would be the only concern so it won't slip.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-22-2019, 12:49 AM
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That's the Mother of farm house tables!

You didn't ask for suggestion for flipping the table, but we had a thread here about doing that. I have one idea and that is to use the base you already have as the assembly table. Make a sub-support with cross members on it to keep it nice and to give more support for the planks when gluing them together. Once it's all together and one surface is flat, now is "flipping time".


One suggestion was to attach a pipe stub on each end with a corresponding receiver and legs to alllow it to rotate. You would need to pull the table support out from under it to make room for it to rotate, but that should be fairly easy. Then move it back under after it's rotated.



Another suggestion is an engine hoist aka cherry picker to lift it from one side enough to rotate it, removing the support table as you lift. If you have overhead beams, a chain fall will lift it with a proper sling arrangement.



https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/h...bletop-214365/



OOOPs! I see that we have already discussed how to do this in YOUR other earlier thread! So, disregard my suggestions above if you have got this figured out! And do take some photos for us the see the method.

OOOOps no. 2. I see that this is the very table you were building back then and asking for "flipping" suggestions. LOL



I like the idea of a rotisserie using one continuous 2" pipe and supports at either end, maybe some stout saw horses. Attaching the pipe would be the only concern so it won't slip.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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