an overview photograph of the parts used to make a trestle table
Photo: Allison Dinner


Dining tables are typically 28 to 32 inches high. Make yours lower (or higher) by cutting more (or less) off the ends of the newel posts.

Cut List
Newel posts: 2 @ 27¼ to 31¼ inches, depending on desired tabletop height

¾-inch birch-veneer plywood tabletop: 1 @ 36 by 72 inches

¾-inch birch-veneer plywood leg plates: 2 @ 12 by 12 inches

Handrail stretcher: 1, cut to distance between the legs

¾-inch quarter-round trim: 2 @ 36 inches, mitered (from short point to short point)

¾-inch quarter-round trim: 2 @ 72 inches, mitered (from short point to short point)

-inch dowels: 2 @ 2 inches

1x2s: 12 @ 8 inches

1x4s: 2 @ 30 inches, beveled (from short point to short point)

1x4s: 2 @ 66 inches, beveled (from short point to short point)

2x4s: 2 @ 30 inches

Download the diagram and cut list to build a trestle table.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a -inch paddle bit
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun

    Shopping List

    1. Newel posts Get two for the legs.

    2. ¾-inch birch-veneer plywood Get a 4x8 sheet for the tabletop and leg plates.

    3. 10 ½-inch corbel Get four for the feet.

    4. Handrail Get a 6-foot length for the stretcher.

    5. -inch dowel Get a minimum of two inches to plug the fastener holes for the stretcher.

    6. 1x2 Get an 8-foot length to make the cleats for the underside of the tabletop.

    7. 1x4 Get three 6-foot lengths to make the apron.

    8. 2x4 Get a 6-foot length to make the stringers. 9. ¾-inch quarter-round trim Get three 8-foot lengths to trim the edges of the tabletop.

    10. 6-inch lag screws Get two to attach the stretcher to the legs.

    11. 8-inch lag screws Get eight to attach the feet to the legs.

    12. 3-inch deck screws

    13. 1¼-inch deck screws

    14. 2-inch finishing nails

    15. Wood glue

    16. 120-grit sandpaper

    17. Satin latex paint

    18. Waterborne polyurethane finish