Miniature Gateleg Table

Mini_Gateleg_OpenerSome questions just can’t be answered. Breakfast tables only became popular in the mid-18th Century. If that’s true, from where did this William & Mary rarity come?

Breakfast tables, historically, were small folding tables typically kept in a bedroom. They were meant for light meals intimately shared with the closest of friends. Back in the day as it is today, people had friends and ate meals. So why aren’t there more of these tables from the William & Mary period?

Breakfast tables traditionally fold down and are easily tucked out of the way against a wall. This opens the room for other uses.

Early in the 1700s, most tables, referred to as boards, were static in size. In order to clear the room, you would need to remove the board from its trestles or base and store them elsewhere. With the advent of tables with falling leaves, dining became a more intimate affair, and storage was as simple as dropping the leaves and tucking the table (or tables) against a wall or in a corner.

What you’ll discover, as you tackle this miniature turning “tour de force,” is that its small size makes it easy to store nearly anywhere while being an eye-catching, decorative element as well. It is also a great place to showcase some of your most highly figured wood. The original table, upon which this version is based, was not only rare because of its size, but because it was also made from tiger maple. Whatever lumber you choose for yours, this beauty showcases not only your best wood; it flaunts your talents as a turner, too.

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