"As always, all plans and articles are copyright free for SCA and personal use"Taking him at his word, I am republishing his article "The Most Simple Period Table I Could Make", so that it can be found by search engines once more. If the author or representative objects to this publication, please, feel free to contact me to remove it. As always, enjoy!
Well... it's been a while since I've had the time to sit down at the ol' scribe's desk and write up yet another "Spiffing up your campsite" article. The purpose of these articles is to pass along ways of adding to the look and feel of the Society by incorporating into our encampments various items of furniture that have strong ties to "period" items... if not outright reproductions (of sorts) and that are, more or less, transportable. As always, if you find value in this, share it with your friends.
One of the things that every good encampment needs is a table. Varieties of tables exist or can be seen in illustrations and paintings throughout various periods and cultures but most are a lot more elaborate than most people want to build. However... during a broad span of medieval history there existed a table so simple that anybody could build it and so portable… well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words so let me present you with some pictures.
The above illustration comes from a 15th C. manuscript titled "How a Man Schall be Armyd at his ese when he schal fighte on foote". Now the table is pretty well displayed but it is missing a couple of important pieces of information such as "just how many legs do the 'trestles' have... 3 or 4?" Interestingly this isn't a really big problem. Tables of this sort could have either 3 or 4 legs... but this one appears (to my eye) to be of the 3 legged variety. What can be clearly seen is that the trestle has two front legs made of flat pieces of wood broader at the base and tapering toward the top. These set into to fairly thick slabs of wood. It does not appear (another missing piece of information) that the legs go through these boards and so, it may be assumed, are set into pockets chiseled underneath them. A single broad plank is laid across the trestles to complete the table. The plank does not appear to be fastened to the trestles in any way.
So... what are we looking at? Six legs (flat boards), two flat boards that the legs fit into and one long flat board that makes the table top... 9 boards. How hard could this project be?
Step the First:
- A saw
- A hammer (preferably a wood mallet)
- A mortising chisel...
Let see... you'll also need three boards 32" long by 1" (or there about) thick by about 7" wide. These will be cut to make the six legs for your table.
You'll need a couple of boards about 17 - 18" long by about 2" thick (the ol' 1.5" stuff works well but if you can find some real 2" boards they work better) by about... oh, say, 7" or so wide. The length of these boards should be an inch or two more than the width of your table top. These will be the top of the trestle that the plank top will rest on.
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