In August 2008 #170, Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

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Reproducing knock-down furniture from two centuries ago.
By Mario Rodriguez
Pages: 46-50

From the August 2008 issue #170
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When on campaign, during the l8th and l9th centuries, British military officers frequently traveled with portable furniture pieces. These durable and compact pieces were characterized by their simple design and various ingenious (hardware) mechanisms that allowed the furniture to be quickly and easily assembled for use or dismantled for transport. A butler’s tray-on-stand is typical of campaign furniture and might have been used by officers as a small desk or side table.

Today this piece provides practical utility and versatility in any home. I’ve used one in my home office to park my dictionary and reference materials, and one in the kitchen to hold cooking supplies. Now I have one by my front door, providing a convenient perch for keys, cell phones and mail. This sturdy tray with a three-part gallery is supported by a folding scissor-leg stand and takes about half a minute to set up. When knocked down, the pieces can be tucked out of the way into any corner or closet.

From the August 2008 issue #170
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