Our Barn Trestle Table made from our left over barn wood. 12′ long = 45″ wide

Nothing will quite make you finish up projects like hosting a party.

The barn table project has been on the “to-do” list for sometime and was one of our “TOP 30 GOALS” to accomplish for the farm this year. So, with our first barn party scheduled for this weekend, and needing some extra sitting and eating areas for the guests – this was the week to tackle the project.

We wanted a big long table that could seat at least 12 – so we made it 12′ long and 45″ wide. Eventually we will make matching benches to go down each side – which will seat 6 to a side.  If we  added a chair to each end –  it would give us a total of 14.

The old 2×4 barn rafters we had saved for this and a few other projects.

We started by building the trestle out of the old 2 x 4″‘s barn roof rafter pieces from the Cardington Barn we took down last summer. Not your typical 2×4’s – these boards are made from old growth solid red oak, and unlike today’s lumber – actually measure 2 x 4″. I just used a sawzall and cut them smooth – leaving all of the character of the old nails holes and dents of the wood in tact. Grey and weathered – they made the perfect base material for the table.

The trestle base. We had to pre-drill every hole to get the screws in because of how hard the old wood was!

We made the trestle base 9′ long – with angled 2 x4’s supplying all of the strength needed to hold up the 12′ top piece.

For the top piece – we just simply used alternating 2x8x12 and 2x10x12 pine boards and glued them together to make a large table top. We used ratchet straps in place of clamps (I didn’t have any that long!) to hold it together while it dried.

2 coats of rubbed on stain and 3 coats of polyurethane to the top.

After that, Mary took over and applied 2 coats of stain with a rag – and then finished it off with 3 coats of polyurethane to make it strong and tough.  We also added some 1 x 4’s underneath and screwed  them into the underside of the table top to secure it all together.

It should be great for the barn party this weekend to give plenty of seating.  One more thing to mark off the list!

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The Barn Trestle Table set in place. Once the brick floor goes down in the barn – it should look complete!
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52 thoughts on “The Recycled Barn Trestle Table – Seating for 14

  • August 22, 2015 at 4:51 pm
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    Love your site!!!

  • May 29, 2014 at 8:25 pm
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    I love the table and have a similar vision using two singer cast iron sewing machine bases, yet I am hesitant and can’t quite get started. Any thoughts? penny

    • May 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm
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      I think that would be a really neat table! You could run a support between the two table and then the top could be secured to that. Love the idea!

  • October 23, 2012 at 8:49 am
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    I’m a new follower – and am drooling over this table! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I hope to have one like it someday. 🙂

  • September 17, 2012 at 12:09 am
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    Hi Jim & Mary, thank you so much for sharing your tressle table at Project Queen!!! It’s amazing and I LOVE IT! I always tell my husband we need to have a party… that way we get a ton of stuff done :-). I will be featuring your table tomorrow night (Monday) at the Highlight Party. I’m a new follower. Can’t wait to see what project you do next!

  • August 8, 2012 at 10:13 am
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    WOW…love this. I’ve seen a few done, and need one for my front deck at the cottage, Great kick in my behind! Thanks 🙂

  • August 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm
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    Great table. Was going to feature it, but no link back to the party. Would love one added and then I can share this.

    • August 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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      Thank you so much Tiffany – we really enjoyed building it!

    • August 6, 2012 at 11:14 am
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      Thank you so much Sarah! And thank you for the compliments on the table!
      Jim and Mary

    • August 6, 2012 at 11:15 am
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      We would be more than glad to have you feature it! Thanks so much!

  • August 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm
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    I love this gorgeous table… I love anything with reclaimed barn wood and you did an amazing job.

    • August 6, 2012 at 11:17 am
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      We love working with old barn wood – just to see all the old marks and cuts – it’s very neat to know you are working with something so old

  • August 1, 2012 at 10:30 am
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    oh em gee! gor.geous!!

    • August 6, 2012 at 11:18 am
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      Thank you Laura – we have been wanting to build it for so long and finally got around to it!

  • July 31, 2012 at 11:11 pm
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    What a gorgeous table. I love that you were able to use such old barn boards. I would love to have a slightly smaller version in my dining room

  • July 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm
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    Love it love it love it!

    • July 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm
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      Wow!!! Thank you so much for selecting our post!

      Jim and Mary

  • July 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm
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    Gorgeous table! I love it! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party! I’m a new follower!

    • July 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm
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      Holly! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments! We are so glad your a follower now and look forward to your All Star Block Party again this week!
      Jim and Mary

  • July 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm
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    Thank you Lisa – we have wanted to build it forever – and finally got around to it!

  • July 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm
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    I am drooling a little over here, I so want on of these for my house. Love It

  • July 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm
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    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!! Hinting to Hubby about HOW MUCH I love this! It is defintely my style, very rustic, and the size makes it so useful. Great post!

    • July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm
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      Thanks so much Sheryl! I am hoping it will see lots of use over the years

  • July 28, 2012 at 10:43 am
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    Uh oh, I think I need one of these for our barn too! Hubby will thank you later. LOL!

  • July 28, 2012 at 8:29 am
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    I love the table! Just beautiful…..no wonder it was on your top 30 things to do list this year! Thanks so much for linking up to “The Ole’ Saturday Homesteading Trading Post” I saw your post caught my husband’s eye….maybe he will tuck this one away for future reference 😉

    • July 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm
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      Thanks Karen – and as good as the Viking is at building everything I am sure he will have a beautiful one built for you! We love you Saturday Trading Post – keep up the great work!

  • July 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm
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    Beautiful table!! You are welcome to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday if you would like! 🙂

    • July 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm
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      You will have to send us pictures when you do – we used it for the first time over the weekend and it was so nice to sit so many people

    • July 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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      Thank you Daisy! It’s definitely time to enjoy it a little instead of always working on it!

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