Country Settle Table

This convertible project serves as a nice breakfast table, a handy small chest and a surprisingly comfortable place to sit.
By Troy Sexton
Pages: 60-65

From the August 2006 issue #156
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When furniture was more precious to its owners, it was common for a piece to have more than one purpose in the household.

The settle table is a form that dates back to at least the Middle Ages, though some trace it back to a Roman form where even the base of the table folded flat. While it remained popular in early modern Europe, the settle table was quite common in colonial American homes. It combines the functions of table, chest and chair. In a home, it could be used as a table to serve the morning meal and then be converted to a chair and placed next to the hearth. In addition to creating a place to rest, the expansive back/top of the settle table also provided some shielding from the drafts of early American homes.

From the August 2006 issue #156
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