Definitions for "Refectory table"
Term used to describe the long rectangular dining tables of the 17th century and later.
A dining table with the top made of sawn planks. The legs are normally turned on a lathe and often carved.
The modern term for the predominant table design of the 15th to 17th centuries. Also known as joined or long tables, they are usually of oak and the top is joined to a fixed frame. Sturdy legs at the corners are linked by stretchers which doubled as footrests to avoid contact with cold stone floors. Refectory tables were common kitchen and farmhouse furniture until the 19thC.