Tripod Tables

I used to churn out large numbers of these useful ‘pillar and claw’ (the common eighteenth-century nomenclature) tables in elm, mahogany, oak and walnut. They were sold as ‘made-up’ and moved as quickly as I could produce them.

Where possible, the tops were old wood from damaged and otherwise unusable table tops and leaves, but the bases were all new wood. The construction was traditional with the legs being dovetailed into the columns. The larger breakfast tables and supper tables normally had tilt tops and many of them were fitted with birdcages.

The components of a basic tripod table.

A mahogany wine table.

An oak wine table.

I had already begun staining this table when I remembered I hadn’t taken any photos of it, hence the stain applied only to the legs.

An oak fixed block tilt top breakfast table.

Polished and ready to go.

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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