There are innumerable designs of
the trestle table, made of every kind of wood imaginable, every
width and length.
Sometimes beautifully made,
sometimes on the rough side.
They are a pretty common sight at
antique stores and auctions as well.
A simple Google search will turn up thousands of images with all
kinds of variations on the design. The table here is not
patterned of a particular design but rather incorporates details
I liked from several different tables designs I have seen.
There are only a couple of rules (more like guidelines really)
for these tables. Height to the top of the table should be around 30
inches and about 12-13 inches minimum for knee clearance from
the side edges of the top to any structure under the table.
I started out with the legs first. For this I used 2x yellow
pine milled down to 1 3/8in thick by 3in wide and 28 1/2in long.
I laid these out in pairs and kept the pairs together in each
end assembly. With two legs clamped together, knife in the
shoulder lines for the tenons 2 1/2in from both ends.
Then knife the rest of the way around with a square using the
first knife line to line up to. Set a mortise gauge to the width
of the chisel you are going to use, in this case I used a 3/4in
chisel (on this dimension wood 5/8in would be better). Center
the teeth on the wood and scribe around to lay out the tenon.
Use a ripsaw and saw on the diagonals working from both sides
down to the shoulder line. Next use a chisel and cut a V to the
waste side of the knife line to make a nice groove to start the
saw in for the shoulder cut.
Once the shoulders are cut remove 3/8in from either side of the
tenon creating two small shoulders on either side of the tenon.