Stacking Hobbit Tables

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Forum topic by jdmaher posted 11-13-2013 05:19 PM 857 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2013 05:19 PM

So I was watching The Hobbit movie with the kids the other day and had to grab the remote to pause and study a scene. (This is why the kids hate watching movies with me. I’m much more to interested in the furniture used for set decoration than I am in the movie.)

What caught my eye was a set of what appear to be stacking tables. They are shown in use as a sort of curio cabinet. But they appear to be separable, such that (at least) the upper one could perhaps be used as a TV tray.

I have a place where I could maybe put four such things – two sets of two – and nothing else to go in that space (one side of a fireplace wall). I think I’m liking this idea.

I like the functional concept. I like the medieval “hobbit” look – thick legs, spare decoration, apparently oak. Shelve thickness on lower table looks okay, but the tops of both tables looks a bit thin to me. I’d have to think about how to safely stack the tables AND show off curios while stacked.

Anybody seen pieces like this in the real world? Got any design ideas for making some? Advice for dimensions? Reference material for medieval furniture?

I’ll appreciate any guidance and opinions offered.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 05:34 PM

Looks like it would be a fun project. As for references, I really like the work of Peter Follansbee. It’s very old fashioned, hand crafted looking stuff. His chests in particular are really cool. Might be a little more ornate and carved than what you have in mind, but it’s the first thing that comes to mind, and there are certainly some good cues you could follow there.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 08:15 PM

The tops aren’t supporting weight so they don’t need to be beefy. That’s probably two end tables stacked atop one another but you could easily mimic the look with a set of shelves or just build two tables and stack them.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 09:14 PM

That’s really funny… I spent the first quarter of that movie just looking at the Hobbit Furniture too… I catch myself doing this all the time with historical and fantasy flics..

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 02:29 AM

I stopped and replayed and stopped and replayed and stopped and replayed the front door myself.

-- Sparks

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