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Ben

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12-10-2013 04:14 AM

so, i’ve always wanted to build one of these, and now i have a nice excuse – holidays and someone i want to make it for.
been looking at pictures for inspiration and this one caught my eye:

the antique sales site describes this as a “revolving birdcage.”

do you think it’s original or could it have been added to increase the height? it’s really something cool and special, but i can’t figure out it’s purpose. any ideas??

thanks.


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#1 posted 12-10-2013 04:23 AM

It expands and squares the area in order to make the hinges set
wide enough to be stable in operation and rest. See how the
column is round and about 3”? that’s not enough to cantilever
a table top from, even if the column were square.

If it revolves I don’t know why that would be.

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 04:41 AM

thanks loren. but why are there two square blocks? seems to me the same thing could be accomplished with the typical single square block that the column would be tenoned into.

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 07:17 AM

Oh. I see. Good question. Part of 18h century design
aesthetics I reckon. Pie crust table tops don’t make
much sense either but they made them anyway. It was
before the idea of “form follows function”.

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