Build a Trestle Desk or Table

This solid wood trestle desk can be easily customized or converted into a dining table, and it uses a pair of removable wedges to secure the stretcher making it easy to break down flat when needed. Check out how we built it in the video below and be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions!

A trestle desk made of cherry wood.

Parts and Materials

  • (4) 5/4 Cherry Boards - 5' x 8" (Top, Legs, Stretcher)
  • (1) 12/4 Cherry Board - 3' x 8" (Supports, Feet)
  • (1) 4/4 Hard Maple Scrap - For Wedges (Offcuts from above boards could also be used.)
  • (8) 1-1/2" Screws / Washers
  • Titebond III Wood Glue

Tools Used

Be sure to check out Our Workshop page for more details.

Completed Desk

A trestle desk made of cherry wood with maple wedges
A trestle desk made of cherry wood.
A trestle desk made of cherry wood with maple wedges.