The customer was first undecided about the finish they would like. So we assembled it raw and they thought a few days of how they would want to design the whole room to match the style of the table.
Then I picked the "mammoth" up once more and applied the finish - and for the chairs too.

This big one below (and the very top)
was a custom order. It was a true mammoth !
12' long, 4' wide,  with 4"  thick plate and trestles,
almost 500 lbs. heavy, seating 12 - 14 people...
A true dining party host !
But - and only - because it was just plugged together, it could be dis- and re-assembled in less than 5 minutes, did it fit into the house !

And the matching chairs...
either without or with arm rest.

As bulky as they might look, I took great care for the right angles, as to  offer a healthy and very comfortable sitting!
Whenever possible
I make all joinery traditionally and without metal fasteners - like these tables here, which are quickly dis- and re-assembled without any tools (except a hammer perhaps).

For the finishing I prefer a clear, semi gloss varnish, which enhances the natural and unique woodgrain, and gives the best protection against stains.  Of course the colour can also individually be customized with a waterbased stain beneath the varnish.


I make this model in two budget versions:

A)   Normal heavy version with 2-2 1/2" thick
massive table plate and trestles.

B)   Lighter version with 1-1 1/2" material
and a plate made of plywood in a massive wood frame (it looks and feels just as massive, but is cheaper to be made).

And of course I can adapt to any special wishes or demand !

Also the shape of the trestles can be modified,
i.e. more elegant, a heart shape, etc...


Basically I make any kind of table.
These presented here, are the most popular and demanded model, and can be made in any size.
The style of this trestle type is based on a common medieval design from Europe, and was popular among rural people and of course in castles and inns.
Even today they frequently are found in more
rustic restaurants and 'Gasthaus'es.
They are strong and heavy and last forever.
And needless to mention - timeless !

Another
choice
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Another
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After the trestles were done, it's time to plane, sand and fit together the long boards of the top.
The main challenge with such long lumber  (they were milled from ponderosa pine logs from the property) is the tendency of twisting and warbling.

Then followed the endsquaring
of the trestle beam.
At last a final filling of cracks and impurities and a good sanding.
And with that the workpiece is completed...
awaiting the decision of the final finishing.
That then was the last step.