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.