2876RE: [MedievalSawdust] Newbie
- Sep 2, 2004
Some speculation on why it wasn't seen before 1690, using my alter ego from 800 years ago.
Too gadgetty. When you have a table why do you need to make a complicated table? This plank table with 4 legs works just fine, it's solid <smack> and simple and holds the crockery up off the floor. Sure that fance table has some use to me as "Generic Medieval Man". The stow-away-and-make-more-room feature is nice. Now that I've seen one I want one in my 13th C home. But if I had never seen one and the need is not so pressing that I feel I am missing out. If I need room I can always just haul this regular table outside. A little rain won't hurt it. Heck I don't even have a Brace to drill holes yet in the 13th C, but my T handled auger does just fine. It's not that a hand crank is beyond my technology, I just haven't thought it up, really.
Silver Spring, MD
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> I have a question I would like to open for casual discussion. Are you
> all familiar with the gate-leg table?
> tore_Code=AFD&Product_Code=148 shows one design.
> Briefly, the gate-leg table is a folding table, typically assembled with
> two hinged leaves, one on either end, joined to a small, central leaf.
> Properly designed, these tables can be built such that a table eight
> feet long and three feet wide folds into a central unit four feet long,
> three feet wide, and a foot or so thick.
> Very handy for SCA use, yes? One unit, relatively light and compact.
> Trouble is, they're just not period. The earliest one I've seen is from
> The joinery, hardware, and construction technology are all quite period
> for Renaissance Italy, Moorish Spain, Elizabethan, and even Tudor
> Would anyone care to speculate why they didn't show up until the
> Colonial era?
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