Re: Commonhouse tables....metal/wood/round/rectangle?
From: mark harfenist (
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2005 21:02:11 -0700 (PDT)
You want wooden tabletops with folding metal legs. Standard legs are available cheaply from many sources (e.g., Tops can be easily fabricated from sheets of cabinet-grade hardwood plywood edged with matching hardwood strips. Tops can be rectangular, oval, or my personal favorite, slightly ovalized (tapered) rectangles. These are relatively lightweight, as strong as you need, easily folded for storage, and the cost is under $100/table with a couple of hours labor on each, including multiple coats of polyurethane. You can also upgrade to wooden legs if you want, using similar commercially available hardware kits.

Hope that helps.


(Bellingham Cohousing)

On Sunday, October 23, 2005, at 08:28  PM, shelldemeo [at] wrote:


We are about to break ground on our commonhouse and the committee, commonhouse furnishing committee, met today to discuss tables.

I always thought that we would have warm, wooden tables for the dining room. Others on my committee felt that we needed the type of table that is formica on the top with metal underneath so that it can be folded up and put away. I hate those tables. I have sat on them in cold church halls drinking bad coffee before.

Members were saying with the wooden tables, we don't have enough room to just push them aside to open up the floor for other activities.

Can anybody give us some recommendations on tables? I also thought we would have oval tables but some members are saying rectangular ones would be good so we could line them up in a long row (like a mess hall -- my words, not theirs).

I am thinking my hopes for hanging lights over the tables probably won't fly either because if the tables are going to be folded up and put away.....what about the lights?

I have seen lovely pictures of commonhouse meals with cozy lighting and wooden tables. Are other communities able to accomplish that AND have the ability to open up the space for other activities?

Shelly DeMeo
Rocky Hill Cohousing
Northampton, MA
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