629Re: [medievalsawdust] 'sawhorse' trestle tables
- May 4, 2003
>Who has made the 'sawhorse' style trestle tables?I have made some, in a knockdown style.
>What angles and sizes did you find worked best?Mine are tripods. Both the front and back legs are angled, at about 4 degrees.
>Did you make 3 or 4 legged trestles?
>I made a prototype legs from scrap plywoodI'm not completely satisfied with mine, either. They look nice and work
>( 3 legged )
>and didn't like the way it came out.
well... up to a point. A couple of customers think they are too
wobbly. This comes of making them knockdown.
I don't think most of the medieval versions were made to come apart. Most
of them look like they have pretty thick legs, permanently joined to the
horizontal support. This would be a lot sturdier, but almost impossible to
pack for travel.
I'm still trying to solve this problem: how to make trestles that are
sturdy and stable, but can be taken apart and packed flat. Suggestions
>( My wife found out thatYes, which makes documentation of these things extremely difficult. 90% of
>only the poor didn't cover up their tables
>with table clothes
the time, the trestles are hidden by the tablecloth. (Simliar problem with
beds, btw.) I do have a few details from paintings and illuminations; maybe
I'll try throwing them onto a Web page so we can all discuss them.
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