Shaker Trestle Dining Table

Shaker cabinetmakers made the design of trestle tables more graceful by using arched feet and more convenient by raising the horizontal stretcher to allow for more leg room. This elegant and graceful example was most likely first made at the Harvard, MA Shaker community in 1840, probably for use by the Ministry of that community. The original, which has a pine top, is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

We make this Trestle Table entirely in clear solid maple. Like the original, the top is a full 1 1/4" thick. Note the separate cross-pieces, called "breadboard ends", which we carefully peg in place to prevent the top from warping. Not visible are the support blocks which prevent the legs from lateral movement.

Dimensions: Height to table top is 28 3/4". Width of top is 32 5/8"; available in 5', 6', 7', or 8' lengths.

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