Failure is always an option and often inevitable.
This blog exists because I ran into this poor old sot at last week’s auction:
We should explore some of the design flaws that led to the state of this poor table.
First, it has these small castors:
The problem with castors is that upon seeing castors, people now expect furniture to roll. And it does after a fashion. These are not 50 mph casters and not even 2 mph castors. They seldom work well on a flat, even floor and not that well on irregular floors or carpets. The transition from hard floors to carpets or rugs even more problematic.
The next failure is a bad glue joint without any physical reinforcement. I am holding up the leg to show you where it is intended to be:
And this is the joint:
Of course, even if the glue joint doesn’t fail, you are still working with a wood that Peter Follansbee loves for how cleanly and willingly it splits, oak.
The fourth leg and glue joint seem firmly attached:
I am not claiming that all tables of this design will fail, I just saying you shouldn’t be surprised when they do.
I wonder if it arrived at the auction house like this or broke on site? And who bought it and for how much?