A father of a girl I coach in lacrosse approached me after the season ended and contracted me to build their family a dining room table. They have a large dining room and the room dwarfed their existing table, plus they wanted to entertain guests and have space for them at a larger table. We sat and looked at different styles that they liked and then came up with a general outline. I created blue prints for this X trestle farmhouse style table, 10 feet long and just under 4 feet across. This thing was so big, I couldn't even work on it in my shop (I work in my shed out back, plenty big for most projects) so I had to work with daylight outside. I planed and jointed the table top first and put strongbacks on it and let it sit and dry for about 2 months. Then I cut and assembled the framing for the base including both pedestals and the stretchers. I let all of this sit for about another month to dry and bake in the shed then I sanded everything down, filled holes, and sanded again. Then I brought it all into my garage (our garage is actually a finished room in our home where our dogs stay and where my office is). This allowed the wood to adjust to the humidity a little better and dry out some more. I had to stain outside because of the smell, they chose a nice dark finish. So I stained and then let it sit in the shed for a while longer. Once the stain had cured well I brought the table pieces back in to the garage and set it up for finish. I added a total of 5 coats of polycrylic, sanding lightly in between coats.
Here was the dilemma, I had to set the top but was unsure if it would fit out the door in the garage because of how big it was. I measured the doorway and with the door off the hinges it was 31", the table from the floor to top was 30 7/8". I set the top and then added two cross braces to stabilize from corner to corner. We got this thing out of the garage with ABSOLUTELY NO WIGGLE ROOM.
This thing is a beast, by far the biggest table I have made to date. I love making tables like this because it's a central piece of the time a family spends together. Thanks for looking!
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