I received a lovely e-mail from Lucas Martins back in January when I asked him about the tension table after writing an article about his sweep table. Rather than paraphrase him I’ve just copied what he said here as he explains it so well.
“Thank you so much for your support, and for featuring my table on your blog, which is really great by the way, don’t stop! As far as the Tension table goes, that was a school project in which we had to design and build a table in one week. I tried to make something that evoked a sense of instability while being well-crafted. The plywood and ratchet straps were a nod to moving crates, and the whole table is held together by the tension of these straps. Additionally the “shipping” theme has a base in reality since the table has a low profile when disassembled and could be shipped easily compared to other tables. My favorite feature of the table is that since the table is made of several different components, customers can easily request different styles and sizes of legs, sides, or top to fit their decor. The pieces could be sent back in exchange for new pieces, and the returned pieces could be refurbished into a new table: less waste and more personal customization.”