If you recall, last year I did a three part series on the birth of a rolling table, so I wont bore you with how the original two tables came to be. Several weeks ago I got a call from Sam Leccia, of Nub Cigar, asking me if I knew anyone that could make him four rolling tables for the upcoming Nub Live tour.
I gave it a little thought and was contemplating referring him to an old employer, and friend of mine, or another friend that I used to work with in the cabinet business. Knowing the lead time on the tables might have been a little tight for both individuals, I asked Sam what he was looking for.
He went on to tell me that the table from last year was fantastic but was not cost effective to ship across the country. This time he needed something that would break down and fit into a standard size shipping carton that UPS could easily deliver and he needed them fairly soon.
With the size being the only major hurdle in the design, I spoke with my father and we thought that we could get Sam his tables in the time frame he was looking for. We worked together on a design that would be large enough for Sam to work on while being small enough to fit within a shipping container.
The initial problem came when Sam wanted to use a typical shirt box that could be picked up at any shipping facility (roughly 16×24 and shallow). Not comfortable with that size and the stability it would have, I asked if we could potentially use the Tobacalara Oliva boxes that get shipped in to shops for events. Knowing that a box could easily be replaced if damaged (and picked up at practically any B&M receiving an Oliva shipment), I got the green light on the size.
The design of the table is very similar to the second table that we built for Sam, except that it breaks down differently and has a slightly redesigned upper section. Because of the small footprint, we needed to give Sam as much room as possible, so we shortened the uprights to prevent them from getting in the way. A stainless steel cutting surface was applied to the top for convenience (no longer required one be brought to the event).
The lower section was different in that the legs were made to break apart into two pieces. By simply spinning the legs, they will unthread and separate. The finish this time around was distressed rather than crackle so that any dings created on the road would blend in to the beaten and battered finish.
Two of the tables were shipped a couple of weeks ago and I completely forgot to take pictures. The bases were painted, just like the ones shown, with exception that there was a red base and an antique white base. The upper sections of the first two tables were made of Mahogany while the ones pictured are Maple.