Nancy Roberts has asked our club to build ten “harvest tables” for the clubhouse. Dimensions would be 96″ long by 40 to 48″ wide, 30″ tall. While she made clear that the mountain laurel truss project takes precedence, she would like to have the tables for an event in July.
The tables would be similar to the ones she rented for the Italian wine dinner last month and would, of course, allow Food and Beverage to avoid rental fees for tables in the future. Please see the attached “tapered legs.pdf” for the general look of the table she has in mind.
These tables would be used without table cloths. Wood grain, tight knots and even saw marks would be desirable, as long as the tops are flat enough to be stemware-friendly. Cost, of course, is a consideration.
Tables should break down for compact storage. I am inclined to go with removable legs, rather than folding legs for two reasons. 1) Nancy wants a harvest table look. 2) Hardware for folding tables tends to be expensive and may not hold up over the years. I would appreciate your input on this subject.
I envision using steel corner brackets along the lines of the one pictured below. I suggest we use pocket screws and glue to attach the skirts to the table top. I also envision using two rails inboard of the short skirt boards to stiffen the top and stabilize the long skirt boards. They would be spaced far enough apart to allow the legs to be stored between them when the tables are broken down.
I welcome a volunteer to draft a bill of materials. Then, Nancy could go to the general manager to discuss funding.
I welcome your input on all aspects of the project.