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Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Re Trestle tables (sp)

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    Yes please!
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 8, 2009
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      Yes please!

      On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 3:03 PM, Jeff Johnson <jljonsn9663@...> wrote:
      > --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, "Hallie Ewanus" <hallieve@...>
      > wrote:
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> Greetings all,
      >> They were not attached to the tops that was the whole point they wer
      >> put up and taken down as needed. living spaces were small, Even large
      >
      > No dispute there! I've been in a couple of real manor houses and
      > castles, and the "great hall" isn't usually so much on the "Great Big"
      > aspect.
      >
      > The question that plagues us folks that do play with making these
      > critters is how the legs were put together and joined into the
      > transverse pieces that the table tops rest on.
      >
      > I've made at least 4 different variations of trestle, based on what
      > little artwork I've seen, including a couple of sliding dovetails. I
      > really don't see any sliding dovetails before the late 15th C, and
      > those seem to be from Northern Italy. Function-wise, I'm pretty sure
      > that the sliding dovetails were more of a permanent component of a
      > fixed top/cleat arrangement and the leg assemblies would have been
      > detached from the cleat if it were to be broken down. Not much period
      > evidence for it, aside from a disassembling French table in the Cluny,
      > which has the top pegged to the legs, but it seems to make sense if
      > you've played with how it all goes together.
      >
      > I really need to finish that article on trestle tables that I've got
      > drafted...
      >
      >
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