A living manifesto in ten objects.

#3 Table

CARTE BLANCHE
ANTONIO SCARPONI • 19.04.2018

Read the manifesto in our first article #1 Armchair.

This table is specially conceived for secular and sacred celebrations, as when on the first warm Sunday after a long winter, friends are invited to join for lunch in the garden. If placed inside, it always gives the feeling of staying on a sunny open field, with friends, and the cicadas hiding in tall grass. The table is made of two light stands that fit together by their own weight with reinforced formwork plates. Following the same principle, we can shape 3 meters long benches where up to five persons can seat on each side of the table.

A, B, C: FSC certified fir strips, planed and variably sized. 4 pcs. Type A, 2 x 4.5 x 83 cm, 6 pcs. Type B, 2 x 4 x 105 cm, 2 pcs. Type C, 2x4x124 cm. The profiles are available in length of 1 m or 2,5 m and can be bought in any DIY store (e.g., Coopbau, Jumbo, Migros DoIt, Bauhaus etc.). With this scheme you can get the pieces cut on site. Try to select the profiles with fewer knots and as straight as possible.
D: Wooden panel for reinforced formwork. Size: 2.8 x 40 x 300 cm.
E: Drywall screws 3.5×35 mm, black (important).
F: Electric drill / screwdriver.
G: 3mm wood drill bit.
H: Screwdriver; we recommend to use an electric screwdriver.
I: Pencil.
L. Extensible measuring tape.

Mark with the pencil (I) the measures shown on each end of profiles of type B.

Use the 3 mm wood drill tip (G) to drill the holes on each end of the strips (B) according to the measuring marks. Use the first drilled profile as an example to drill following drills. We suggest placing a scrap under the profiles while drilling to avoid damage to the underlying surface

Fasten profile B to the short end of the two profiles A. Check perfect perpendicularity of the joint. Repeat these steps to obtain the two portals forming the base of the table structure.

At 3.3 cm from profile B previously fastened, screw another one on the opposite side, again to profile A. The size is determined by the thickness of the top. If you wish to use another top instead of the 2.8 cm proposed here, we suggest adding another 5 mm to the top you chose. In this way the required size for inserting properly into the stands and thus grant the stability of the structure, which is reinforced by its own weight.

Another profile B must now be fastened to the end of profile A. Repeat the same steps as described before for the stands, i.e. the base of the table structure.

Fasten profile C diagonally to the stands previously assembled. This element grants the required stability to the table, even when stressed transversally.

Place (it is advisable to ask for some help to a second person) the boards D onto the first assembled stand. Pay attention to the right side. The structure stiffens as a consequence of the weight of the boards. The stands must keep their natural tilt towards the inside and fit the boards by the force of gravity.

Repeat the procedure for the second stand. We suggest placing the stands at 60 cm from the ends of the tabletop. This concept has been specially developed in order to assemble very large tables in a short time, with a few resources and in a reversible way. As a matter of fact, the boards can be reused for the same intended use or different purpose.

Illustration: Antonio Scarponi