Custom Wood Trestle Table

Custom Wood Trestle Table by Grothouse
Custom Wood Trestle Table by Grothouse

A Custom Wood Trestle Table is a table consisting of a board or boards laid on trestles. More specifically, it is an item of furniture with two or three trestle supports linked by a longitudinal cross-member over which a board or table top is placed.

The History of Trestle Tables

The Trestle table has stood the test of time. It is one of the earliest known forms of tables in the western world. They were valued in the Medieval times for their nature of sturdiness and their ability to collapse.

Art depicting Three Apes Assembling a Trestle Table
Artwork of three apes working together to assemble a trestle table.

Made in Germany between 1480 and 1500, this stained glass roundel depicts a scene of three apes working together to assemble a trestle table. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses this piece in the Cloisters Collection, the reason this scene was depicted remains a mystery. The scene of the apes resembles the ease of assembly and storage, which is what has made this table style an ideal occasional table.

Trestle Tables Today

The Trestle style remains a popular form of dining tables in today’s kitchens. Not only does it exhibit a remarkable appearance, but those seated at a trestle table are more comfortable than they might be with the usual arrangement of a fixed leg at each corner.

Trestle Table at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in NYC
Trestle Table for the Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry booth at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in NYC

Trestle tables are at home in traditional American style settings, though they figure prominently in modern spaces as well. The pictured Walnut Wood Trestle Table was included in the Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry booth at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in NYC. The trestle table was designed by Scott Stultz in collaboration with Rutt.

Trestle Table Options

A custom trestle table from Grothouse can include laser engraving. The table crafted for the Rutt Cabinetry booth included laser engraving of the Paul Grothouse logo. Laser engraving is the perfect way to customize a table. Anything can be laser engraved, from logos to pictures. The laser engraving can be placed anywhere on the table. For this particular table, the logo was placed in the corner of the table top surface.

Trestle Table with Laser Engraving
Trestle Table Top with Laser Engraving

Trestle tables crafted by Grothouse are typically finished with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin or Matte sheen. Tables can also be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Visit our Image Library to view more designs with wood tables.

Grothouse Original Oil ™ Finish

Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish
Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish

Grothouse Original Oil  Finish is the best product for keeping butcher blocks and wood countertops properly maintained. Grothouse Original Oil ™ is heavy weight pharmaceutical grade pure mineral oil and is used for lasting protection on wood surfaces. This finish is completely food safe and can be used on surfaces used for food preparation. This finish is hypoallergenic and contains no Tung oils. You can entertain guests with no concerns of nut allergies.

An advantage to using this finish is that it is fragrance free and color free. This finish needs to be renewed on a regular basis depending on the environment and amount of use. The surface should be oiled when it appears visually dry. Maintaining the finish is very important to the long term life of the wood surface, as well as keeping the surface protected from water.

Countertops with Grothouse Original Oil™

Grothouse Original Oil Butcher Block Finish
Grothouse Original Oil™ is primarily used on butcher blocks.

This finish is primarily used on butcher blocks. Butcher blocks are a common term used to refer to countertops crafted in end grain construction. It can be used on large butcher block countertops such as the maple butcher block pictured below. This space was designed by JP Walters Design Associates.

Large Maple Butcher Block Countertop
Large Butcher Block Grothouse Original Oil™

It can also be used on wood countertops, cutting boards, salad bowls, soapstone, and wood utensils. Wood Countertops can include any options when finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. The edge grain Teak wood countertop pictured below includes an undermount sink designed by Blanco.

Edge-Grain-Burmese-Teak
Edge grain Teak wood countertop with Grothouse Original Oil™

Wood countertops with oil finish can also include trivets. The Walnut countertop pictured below includes trivets and an undermount sink. This countertop was designed by Deborah Dyste of Souris River Designs.

Edge grain countertop with oil finish
Edge grain Walnut countertop with Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish

Our oil finish can be purchased on the Online Store. View more countertops finished with Grothouse Original Oil™ on our Countertop Image Library. Add countertop ideas to your ideabook on Houzz!