Re: [MedievalSawdust] Middle Eastern tray tables?
- 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.