500 Years is a Decent Run


English gateleg table, circa 1640

English gateleg table, circa 1640

Swedish gateleg table, circa 1800

Swedish gateleg table, circa 1800

Danish gateleg, mid-20th century

Danish gateleg, mid-20th century

Ikea gateleg table, 21st century

Ikea gateleg table, 21st century

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20 Responses to 500 Years is a Decent Run

  1. Wow. I guess everything really does come back around again.

  2. kendewitt608 says:

    Doubt the IKEA version will last 5% of that span.

  3. turdfighter says:

    I saw someone on reddit had made one of them, looks like the perfect table for a pack of people playing cards

  4. Ryan Starkey says:

    Saving space using an occasional has always been smart I would guess. I wonder if the popularity of this style has gone up with the “tiny home” movement.
    Chris, I have some local brews for your palate when you’re up here teaching at CVSW by the way.

  5. calebjamesplanemaker says:



  6. Alex A. says:

    I have the outdoor version of the IKEA’s which is surprisingly made of solid wood and has held up quite well over the past few years.

  7. momist says:

    Hey, I’ve got a mid 20th century version of that 1640 table. The proportions and design look very very similar, but the top is in Formica covered plywood, and the frame and legs in an unknown, painted hardwood. There is a twentieth century improvement though. The swinging frames have springs to pull them out (to the stops) when the leaves are lifted, and a cord with a toggle (acorn) to pull them in again when folding the leaves down. You just need to lift the edge a little to let this happen.
    What goes around, comes around, I guess.

  8. Tom Moore says:

    May I suggest that the 20th century is absent from your historical picture parade. One of my favorite examples of this table type was created by Charles and Henry Greene of Pasadena, CA in 1907 for Ms. Belle Barlow Bush. Here is a link to a photo of that lovely table just finished in the Hall Brothers’ shop. http://ge.tt/41u9GXJ2/v/0

  9. abtuser says:

    Nice gateleg examples and all tied nicely together historically. The power of LAP compels you!

    Good timing, I was just at IKEA the other day. Scoop’n the design ideas. Found out, talking to a couple of their floor folks, some people and contractors will buy their kitchen cabinet frames for example, then build with their own wood (and better joinery) around the outside. I do like their drawer mechanisms. Tempting.

  10. beshriver says:

    Nope. I don’t like it. Even if The Schwarz tells me I should. Or is he showing it to me because he knows I don’t like it? Mocking me with a maniacal laugh.

  11. KampWood says:

    Am I the only one that sees Ikea copying alot of your stuff Chris?

  12. woodworkerme says:

    how do you know the 1600’s one is from the 1600’s. is there a date or a maker mark.or maybe a recorded history ?

    • The date is from Victor Chinnery’s “Oak Furniture: The British Tradition,” which is pretty much the authority for early English furniture. Chinnery says it is circa 1640. That’s all I got.

    • jenohdit says:

      It’s hard to tell with the table from the 1600s but it looks like none of Chris’s selection have a rule joint like the Stickley table does. It definitely makes for a different look. That Swedish table is bluntly beautiful and a rule joint would ruin it to my eye. Same for the Danish table. The funny thing is that the same lack of rule joint makes the Ikea table look cheap.

  13. Brian says:

    What is a table?

    Or, why do we feel the need to have versions that can be collapsed into a hideous rectangle when not in use?

  14. Joshua Brown says:

    That yellow Danish table looks like it has four folding panels which would make a really long table.

  15. Paul Murphy says:

    The form in each of the photos looks like what has been called a “Sunderland Table.”

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