he vineyard table is almost asold a design as the trestle table,dating back 300 years or more. Somesources claim these tables were usedby grape pickers in French vineyardsfor working lunches, while others saythey were used in wineries for winetastings. Both stories may be true, sincethe tables fold easily for storage andtransportation. The central “harp”spins around on one set of dowels andthe tabletop flips on a second set of dowels to create a remarkably compactpackage.Neal White of San Jose, California,designed and built this table as asecond table for family gatherings athis house. He found it too useful tostow away between occasions, and it’s
taken up permanent residence in hisliving room.The vineyard table is similar tothe trestle table on p. 40 except thathinges have replaced the joints betweenthe legs and cleats, and the tabletop isheld level by a beautiful harp-shapedsupport.I love the look of the figured whiteoak in this table, but the original tableswere made by carpenters from whateverwoods were available locally.Like all trestle tables, this one iseasily modified to suit the builder’staste and talents. Vineyard tabletops aretypically round or elliptical, but you canmake the top for this table in almostany size or shape as long as the widthclears the feet when the table is flipped.