Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 25:23-30
Many of the illustrations I found in a Google image search
had the bread in two stacks, rather than two rows.
We can deduce that a minimum of twelve plates were needed because in Leviticus 24:5, 6 we’re told that bread was laid out on the table in two rows of six loaves each (not two stacks as most illustrations show). Numbers 4:7, 8 informs us that when they were travelling, the plates, dishes, bowls and pitchers were to be stacked on top of the table and covered over.
But where were these items kept when the tabernacle was set up?