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Over the last few years I’ve developed a love for making furniture out of wood. I’ve built almost every kind of furniture one might put in a traditional home, incuding tables. I’m not a pro woodworker and certainly not a master of anything, but I’ve felt for the last few years like I had a good bead on things…until I saw this DB Fletcher automated table.

I have at least heard of Jupe tables that expand by hand and have inserts that lock in place. The thought of building one had always lingered in the back of my brain somewhere between building a deck and learning to play guitar. However, after seeing the automated smoothness of the DB Fletcher version I think my jaw dropped and all aspirations of making the ultimate cool table dropped a hundred fold. It’s genius — pure, brain-bending genius. There are a few drawbacks to this version though; DB Fletcher only operates in England from what we can tell, and we’re guessing that table is depressingly expensive.

Fletcher Automated Capstan Table [YouTube]
Jupe Style Expanding Table [YouTube]


16 Responses to Fletcher Automated Table — We’re Not Worthy

  1. Mrten says:

    I would *not* want my finger in the center of that table while it’s closing.

  2. Blair says:

    What table would Bruce Wayne/Batman have in his dining room? This one of course!

    I like a lot, but you are right Sean, probably mucho dinero!

  3. Paul says:

    That may possibly be one of the most wonderful pieces of engineering I’ve ever seen

  4. Jerry says:

    “Because only a handful of Capstan Tables are made every year, and only the finest of materials are used, the price of a handcrafted bespoke Capstan Table can range between $25,000 and $50,000.”
    This is from this site: http://www.gildedlife.com/2010/08/capstan-table-by-db-fletcher-designs/
    They can be made of wood, glass, marble, plastic or any material and come in electric and manual models. Absolutely amazing though.

  5. Joe says:

    Pretty amazing; but depressively expensive is right.

  6. browndog77 says:

    The video from Western Heritage re: their version of the expanding table (from barn wood) is pretty informative. A good primer lesson with some insight of the “tricks” involved. I would like to know what type of hinges they used for the leaf joints. Interesting!

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  8. Mark says:

    Just wanted to thank you for linking my video. I was one of the guys who built the Jupe style table in the second video you linked. I didn’t think we could do it until we did. The mechanism is surprisingly simple, eight “pistons” connected to a single flywheel in the center. The hardest part was cutting the 16 perfect 45 degree angles required, and then making sure they remained perfect after veneering the sides. Having a perfect pattern was key for this.

  9. rg says:

    It’s the ‘goatse’ of tables.

  10. Jerry says:

    Maybe whoever buys Billy Joel’s FLA place for $12.5 million will get one?

  11. K!P says:

    i actually like the manual one better, witout all the motor sound it seems even more magical.

  12. Eric R says:

    Something tells me you couldn’t knock that out in a weekend…..

  13. Garry says:

    We have a manual jupe table with 8 leaves. We’re not sure who the designer is (label unreadable except “…-276”. Would anyone know how to find out the maker, the age, and the value?

  14. Aileen says:

    Mark, any idea where I can purchase the mechanism for making such a table? Thanks!

  15. ty baskerville says:

    any idea where I can purchase the mechanism for making such a table?

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