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double trestle play table woodworking plans

Added/Modified on February 16, 2016
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Shopping List:

1 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×12 @ 6 feet long
2 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
1 – ¾” thick project panel 24” x 72”


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™
compound miter saw
countersink drill bit

Cut List:

6 – 2×4 @ 22” (both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends ARE parallel)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 ¼” (cut to width of 1×12 shelf)
2 – 1×2 @ 18”
2 – 1×2 @ 15”
2 – 1×12 @ 30 ½”
4 – 1×3 @ 30 ½”
2 – 2×2 @ 65 ½”
1 – ¾” pine project panel 24” x 72”

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.

Step 1

If you can get your legs all built square, you will be good to go! First mark out the 1x2s @ 18″ long 5 3/8″ from each end. Layout the two ends, and attach top 1×2 to two end legs and repeat for second side. Then measure up from the base of the legs 8 3/4″ on each leg and mark a line across both legs. Place the 1×2 @ 11 1/4″ on this line and attach with 2″ countersunk screws and glue as shown in diagram. Remember, you will need to make two ends that are identical.

NOTE that this plan assumes your 1x12s are 11 1/4″ wide. If your 1x12s differ in width, adjust the bottom shelf cleats to the length of your 1x12s.

Step 2

The middle leg follows the same process, only we will do the cleats on both sides for bottom shelf, and the top boards are a little shorter. Build middle same as ends, noting the changes.

Step 3

I’d highly recommend attach with PH screws as well as on top of the 1x2s – there should be room to get your drill in there on the underside, even with the 1×2 cleat in the way. Also attach from top with 2″ screws and glue or nails.

TIP: Drill 3/4″ PHs along sides of the shelves for attaching trim in next step.

Step 4

Now trim out the bottom shelves. Keep the 1×3 flush to the bottom of the 1×2. This will create a tiny lip on the shelf to keep things from falling off the shelf.

Again, if you have a PH jig, I highly recommend attaching the 1×3 to the legs with 3/4″ PHs and 1 1/4″ PH screws and glue.

Step 5

Now we tie in the top with the 2x2s. Just attach to ends, and then center supports.

Step 6

And finally add the top!

Finishing Instructions:

Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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