Middle Eastern tray tables?
- Hi. I'm fairly new here. I've been lurking for a few weeks. I do a
little mundane woodworking, and I'm very interested in expanding my
knowledge. A friend has expressed interest in aquiring some "Middle
Eastern tray tables" for use at a hafla perhaps in the late fall. She
described them as serving trays that have stands for setting them down
on. She said that her adopted "father" within the SCA (Baron Durr of
Aethelmarc, I think) has several of these that he's made of scrap metal
attained from the metal factory he works at. Since there are no metal
factories anywhere near here, I was thinking of trying to replicate them
in wood. I'm puzzling over the stands, and would welcome any input or
advice. She described the stands as folding up for storage, if I
understood correctly, and definately as resembling the design of a
folding camp table - with 'X' legs. My questions are 1) how to attach
the legs to each other at the centers of the X's, and 2) how to manage
the feet? Please help! This is completely out of my realm of
- A friend has expressed interest in aquiring some "Middle
> Eastern tray tables" for use at a hafla perhaps in the late fall.She described them as serving trays that have stands for setting
them down on.
Yeah, something I can actually talk about. Imagine three capital h's
with the center bars so that they stack on top of each other. Then a
pin that connects them all in the middle.
At the top of each of the 6 legs there is a flat spot, all at the
same height, for the tray to sit on.
The total width was usually about 14 inches, but that is because the
tray was usually around 20. I have seen them much larger when the 3
foot trays were use.
I grew up with these in my house.
some of these had two horrizantal bars and the center pin was as
tall as the legs to give the tray center support.
I hope that all made sense. I can draw up some plans if you really
yasiyid mahee mn acre al sharif
- Apart from the type that Mahee has generously offered to sketch us ;-),
there are the 'hexagonal prism' type & the 'Book stand' type.
The hexagonal ones are pretty simple - 6 panels with chamfered edges that
hinge alternately on inside & outside edges with small cutouts at the
bottom to give feet and a hook & eye on the open edge.
The 'bookstand' type are an 'X' shape of 2 boards with a central
self-hinge. There are several ways of making them, the 'best' is to carve
them out of one plank of wood, sawing in from each end nearly to the
middle, then carving the interlaced hinge from the center piece. If you go
to a few of the Eastern Imports type stores they should have some to look
at, or lookup 'Koran stand' . Thanks to the miracle of modern glues (much
discussed lately) you can make one of these by glueing up the leaves so
they interlock - of course they don't fold as flat, but they are much
quicker to build - you can even make them like the 'Stargazer' aka
'Viking' X chair that comes apart.