DATE - 1950

Charles and Ray developed the Eames Dowel Leg Table as a product of their process of developing their molded plywood chairs. Starting in 1950, the dowel leg tables were available in two different sizes as dining and as card or extension tables, and in one size, square, as a coffee table. Long before flatpack furniture became commonplace in the furniture industry, Charles and Ray designed what was once called“ knockdown furniture,” furniture that could be shipped flat. These dowel tables were the third of three concepts for knockdown tables; the others are the folding leg tables and the bent plywood leg tables.

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They are a marvel of thoughtful design. Affixed to the top of each dowel leg is a “kidney-shaped” stamped metal socket. Each socket attaches to the underside of the table with only two screws. Underneath each top is a wood frame, which provides added stability to these lightweight tables and a recessed area into which the dowel legs could be stored during shipping.

Model names included DTW3 (wood top dining table table), DTW-30 (laminate top) DTW4 (wood top card or extension table, DTW-40 (laminate top); DTW-5 (wood top coffee table), DTW-50 (laminate top coffee table.) They were available from 1950 through 1953.

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