Trestle buying guide
Michael, Professional and passionate welder, Sheffield63 guides
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What is a trestle?
At one stage a trestle had to be assembled from four or five pieces of timber or several welded tubes. This structure serves an important function in building and renovation work since it can support a work surface formed of planks or boards.
A trestle is essentially a support in the form of an inverted V. Its strength depends on the material used and its height varies according to use.
Trestles: materials and uses
Trestles can be used for various purposes:
- In furnishing - to create a desk or side table;
- To create a work surface, along with a robust top board;
- For work access, supporting small scaffolding structures.
- Wood is the most traditional, and can easily be repainted;
- Steel or aluminum combine lightness and robustness;
- Synthetic materials such as resin or polypropylene.
What type of trestles to choose for furniture?
- Wooden trestles, with pine legs and galvanized metal joints - relatively inexpensive;
- Single U-shaped trestle to optimize floor space - limited in size;
- Metal X-shaped trestles - adjustable and robust;
- Height-adjustable aluminium trestles for taller users;
- MDF trestles for a more stylish appearance.
What type of trestles to choose for work surfaces?
Trestles are useful for working at a comfortable height in any capacity - carpentry, metalwork, upholstery etc.
You might also want to consider adjustable stands with rollers or ball bearings - useful for feeding angle irons or tubes into a bench-mounted metal saw, for instance. In any case, height-adjustable trestles are to be preferred.
What type of trestles to choose for working at a height?
Although full-scale conventional scaffolding is essential for safe work at a great height, vertically adjustable reinforced telescopic metal trestles can make an excellent alternative for smaller jobs up to two metres above ground level.
What's an adjustable workshop stand?
Another useful accessory related to the trestle is the workshop stand.
Sawing stands: a special category of trestles
And we mustn't forget to mention the essential companion to a log-saw: the sawing stand. How many times have you got smacked in the foot by a falling log because you don't have the right equipment, or got your chainsaw snared up in a fat tree trunk? With a two, three or even four-section sawing stand, you can put an end to accidents and dangerous situations.
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Michael, Professional and passionate welder, Sheffield 63 guides écrits
I was trained as a pipe worker and welder and worked in the industry for 15 years, going all over the UK for large-scale projects. When I decided it was time to stay closer to home - to have time for my own DIY - I took over a local metal shop and eventually went on to become head of a professional engineering firm.
I'm retired now, but I haven't stopped working with my hands. I recently built my own metalwork studio at home - a lifelong dream! I use my welding skills to make sculptures and bespoke furniture. With my studio, I managed to find a piece of paradise where I can let my imagination run wild.
I also love going around to local auctions and boot sales. I always find some interesting old object or tools that I can add to my collection or transform into works of art.
Now that I have the time, I've turned my hand to decorating, painting on canvas and gardening. I'm always developing new technologies and tools to bring my ideas to life. And I'm always happy to give others advice on how they can make their dreams a reality, too!
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