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06-24-2012 02:10 AM

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I was at a small local hospital that had some nice tables in the lobby…

The tables are likely reproductions (nice quality) but unsure of there origin…

My question is….what are the strange little pegs that come out of the sides of the tables?

The pegs are almost 12” long, alll the way around and are evenly spaced. The pegs are “trapped” so they do not come out.

The pictures are not the best (cell phone) but you can see these pegs are even all the way around, and have a small furniture pull attached.

Any ideas??? I’m hoping that someone will have an answer…

Lockwatcher / Ken C.

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#1 posted 06-24-2012 02:14 AM

If it were in a restaurant, I would say it was for women to hang their handbags on – and I would be thankful for them as I always hate putting my bag on the floor.

It looks a bit like a card table, so if they were wider, I might’ve guessed they were to hold drinks while playing, but they are too small for that, by far.

In general, it must be to hang something or lean something against – maybe for crutches in a hospital?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 06-24-2012 02:53 AM

I was mystified until I read Kay’s comment about crutches. Those make perfect sense for standing crutches or canes so they aren’t in anybody’s way. SWMBO uses a cane and it’s always a hassle in a public place.

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#3 posted 06-24-2012 02:54 AM

They are uncommon, but some circular tables are designed
to be expanded into larger circular tables. I have not seen
this particular style before but that the pull-outs are to
support leaves is my supposition.

Considering the hospital situation though perhaps the
crutches theory is correct.

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#4 posted 06-24-2012 02:57 AM

@Loren -
I’ve seen those tables and they don’t have the pull outs. They’re also VERY expensive so I doubt if there are any in hospital waiting rooms. – lol

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#5 posted 06-24-2012 03:10 AM

I’m thinking they are meant for extensions but being used for canes and crutches. If they were meant for canes and crutches, they would probably be rounded and have a lip on the end.

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#6 posted 06-24-2012 03:43 AM

I’ll pass on taking a guess about the pegs, but it kind of made me laugh to realize that only a woodworker would be analyzing furniture construction while sitting in a hospital waiting room. I love that.


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#7 posted 06-24-2012 04:31 AM

The cost of the classic IIRC french table is indeed one
reason I would expect simpler, if less elegant ways to
solve the same problem to have found their way to the

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#8 posted 06-24-2012 06:04 AM

I’m pretty sure this is the type of table you were looking at.

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#9 posted 06-24-2012 02:00 PM

I knew if I posted it here – someone would have an answer – and based on the actual tables I saw _ “Edziu” has come up with the answer – follow that link to YOUTUBE for a perfect visual on the tables I saw (they dont appear to be using the extensions) – interesting note, on the bars on the table that I saw, there are numbers on each of the pegs – my guess is that the numbers tell someone where to place each of the add-on panels for proper look and fit.

Thanks everyone, that was fun!

Lockwatcher / Ken C.

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#10 posted 06-24-2012 02:10 PM

All great questions deserve great answers!
It’s the Lumberjocks mission.

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#11 posted 06-24-2012 02:52 PM

This was fun – and even better I learned something new. Thank you Edzui for that video – I have never seen a table like this before.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#12 posted 06-24-2012 05:06 PM

Am I the only one whose heart was set aflutter by the finish on the table in the link the Edziu posted?

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#13 posted 06-24-2012 05:11 PM

Maybe to hold some hospital pump or something…

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#14 posted 06-24-2012 05:16 PM

Yep, that is one great looking finish, the woodwork is not too bad either.

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#15 posted 06-25-2012 12:11 AM

Quick! Call the Keno Twins!

Perhaps there were only seven made by an eccentric cabinetmaker in Philadelphia in the late 18th century!



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