The Wood Whisperer's Trestle Table

The Wood Whisperer - Trestle Table

Creating an elegant table using Festool power tools.

Our good friend Marc Spagnuolo, well known for his video woodworking webcasts on, was nice enough to share his latest creation with our readers, an elegant trestle table. His three part video series on the trestle table offers very thorough step-by-step explanation and documentation of the complete fabrication and finishing process. This means that even if you're not interested in building a trestle table, you get the benefit of seeing processes that you may use in another project.

In the videos, you can see how Marc uses quite a few Festool power tools in the project. One tool that stood out in his mind during this project was the Domino joiner. With the sweeping curves and other design elements, the Domino allowed Marc to create quick, easy joints between the components of the table. Here's what he had to say about using the Domino on this project:


"Most folks already know that the Domino makes high quality mortise and tenon joints. But the Domino does something else for me: it unlocks my creativity! Over time, my projects seem to involve more and more sculpting, carving, and curves. Anyone who incorporates lots of curves into their work knows that just because you think it, doesn't mean you can actually build it. Most times, the creative process is bottle-necked when it comes to designing joinery that works with your imaginative design.

This is where the Domino shines. Being able to drop strong mortise and tenon joints into pretty much any location without having to worry about specialized jigs and calculating crazy angles is incredibly liberating. Don't get me wrong, joinery is a critical part of the building process and deserves your time and attention.

But with the Domino, I am able to think outside the box and play with my designs knowing that I won't hit a wall when it comes to joinery and I won't be sacrificing quality."


Trestle Table

Watch the complete trestle table video series for free.

Trestle Table - Part I

Trestle Table - Part II

Trestle Table - Part III

A special thanks to Marc for sharing this project with our readers. The Wood Whisperer website has over one hundred detailed project-based videos that are sure to educate and entertain.

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