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WI Lori

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I see these posted for sale now and then. I love the simplicity of the design. And the fact that for a time, every someone's hubby made his wife one of these, working in the basement with a few hand tools.

I imagine the plans came out of a monthly periodical like Popular Mechanics. I have one with plans to, "build your own camper!"

Anyone know the history of these folding leg tables?

https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/atq/d/antique-sewing-table-with/6703695187.html

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I don't have any idea but I see these and other home made stuff all the time, even own a few pieces. This being a state that was once chock full of lumber mills, home made furniture is common. I have a small book case/side table, a childs chair and a bedside table made by my Grandfather, a large wooden wall shelf that was originally built as a fancy spice rack made by my Aunts FIL, a small sewing machine cabinet, and another small bookcase all made from scrap plywood back in the 40s and 50s.

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WI Lori

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I have a coffee table my grandfather made, and my sister has the child's ...China cabinet. Two drawers below, pair of glass doors above, that he made.
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I have never seen one, but those are the kinds of furniture items I would pick up in a minute. So easy to store, yet are so versatile. Easy workstation, but I would check the ability to hold a Japanese portable which are quite heavy. 



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I had one of those tables with that exact leg/brace system.  It had an inlaid or maybe decal ruler (can't remember now) on top.  My daughter wanted it, so she's got it now.  It was too short to sit at and too wobbly for words, so I couldn't quite imagine what it was meant for.
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It's a great find, and this is the sort of thing I have noticed in antique furniture and everyday items. The made all kinds of things foldable or as an assembly of parts to a very high quality. Some are down right luxury items, others more utility.  I didn't know about the DIY magazines back then, but I guess I should have.
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