Re: [MedievalSawdust] more info on dining table request
- Honestly, that sounds like an absolutely massively overbuilt table, likely to weigh in at noticably more than 400 pounds. Based off of the density of oak at somewhere around 0.4 oz per cubic inch, the top alone would weigh in at around 370 lbs, without legs. assuming 30" height, 4 6x6 legs would add another 108 pounds to the weight.
For as long as the table plan is and how thick the top is, a sawhorse-like trestle structure would be probably be the easiest to set up and take down. A stretcher-based trestle table would be the next most likely, at least for a dining table. There are several work tables that could also be used as models, which might be of simpler construction. The best source that I can think of with period images would be to look at something like De Re Metallica (a medieval treatise on mining, reprinted by Dover, full of woodcuts of machinery, tools, workbenches, tables, wheelbarrows, etc).
--Alysaundre Weldon d'Ath
Barony of Adiantum, An Tir
Duncan Hepburn wrote:
Thanks so much for answering my question, and for asking for
clarification. I knew it was a broad question I was asking, and I
appreciate your patience as I get a better answer for you.
Here is what was gleaned today from the individual:
"I'll be building mine from 2"X16"X11' solid oak with 6"X6" one piece
legs. The final piece will be approximately 2"X54"X11'. It will
weigh about 400 lbs. So you get the idea of what kind of table I'm
looking to build. Probably chip carve the top and it will be shown at
exactly 1 A&S event. It will be a beast of a table. And BTW, total
wood cost will be about $150."
So I know it'll be oak, and the approximate dimensions.
Given the weight, I don't think he intends it to be portable, but
wants something with enough documentation that it can be displayed in
an A&S competition. I don't think he has a period in mind. More like
he has the wood, has the desire to make a table, and other than that
is open as far as design goes. The gentleman is an accomplished
luthier, so I know he has quite a few woodworking tools and techniques
at his disposal.