I haven't done as much mini-ing as I'd hoped this holiday but I did get round to making an A frame table, shelves and a peg rail for the Cloth Merchant's shop. I was going to buy these items but when I saw how simple they were, I decided to have a go myself - something I don't usually do.
Far back in the mists of time, the top of these A frame tables was referred to as a "board", the idea being the top was lifted off and the trestles removed and stored elsewhere. Also around that time it was usual for only the Master of the household to be seated on a chair (the others would sit on upturned boxes, barrels or stools). It is from this arrangement that derives the phrase "the Chairman of the Board".
Another tale I picked up while researching the period relating to this style of table tells that after the meal the board could be turned over to create a clean surface for the next meal. Meanwhile the dogs would come along and lick the underside clean - just how true that story is remains to be seen!