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20 Responses to “Expanding table with interesting mechanism”

  1. Bangorian says:

    Cool – though it looks like there are about 700 opportunities to pinch your fingers off when you open this thing.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Ever owned a drop-leaf table?  They’ve been around since the 16th Century.  Twenty pounds of gravity-assisted mahogany is a lot more hazardous than this.

  2. SamSam says:

    It looks similar to this style of wooden expandable table: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv7HulVsen0

    Bunch of similar examples in the related content of that video.

  3. EggyToast says:

    I love things like this. Why limit yourself to one size when you can easily have two?

    If I was more cynical, I’d say that this has already been done via drop-leaves and other table leaf technology, but the fact that this table dramatically increases its surface area easily and without any awkward flaps (as anyone who gets stuck sitting at a drop-leaf can attest) is sweet.

  4. Don says:

    I’m impressed, but I don’t see myself putting a dinner plate on that uneven surface.  Or allowing my grandkids in the room.  This cool mechanism needs an application other than a table.  (Hang it on a wall, paint a picture on it while closed, spin it and paint a new picture that uses the fragments of the old picture?)

    • oasisob1 says:

      Why would the surface be uneven? The wooden table above looks perfectly smooth in both configurations. I would have to agree with you on the grandkids point, but would amend to say not for operation by minors or anyone who’s been drinking. I hope the clear table with squares above is clear only for demonstration purposes. I’m not a fan of ‘hey, look at the mechanical stuff inside’ at the dinner table. Give it a nice 50′s diner top and style, and I’m sold.

      • Don says:

         I was watching the clear table with the squares.  It appears the surface that’s exposed when the table is small, is ABOVE the surface that becomes exposed when the table expands, at least as far above as the clear material is thick.  It’s probably only millimeters, but that’s enough to tip over a glass if I put it on the seam.

        • oasisob1 says:

          The center pieces ought to rise up to make a flush surface, but at 0:36 it’s difficult to say for sure whether it does or not. hunting around for more info didn’t turn up anything useful about this table. If the end result isn’t a smooth surface, I can’t imagine it would sell.

        • ocker3 says:

          And tables often have uneven legs that make a bit of pressure spill drinks…

          Just don’t put your glass on one of the joins, they’re not a huge proportion of the table’s surface area

  5. TheMudshark says:

    The Music as well as the design of the table made me almost expect some hard boiled 80s cop to show up. Possibly Cobra -style Stallone.

  6. anansi133 says:

    That is very sexy.  I’d say I want one, but clearly this one’s way outta my league.

  7. I hope it has a lock or I would have it all set, bump into it, and it would spin close.  Plus worrying about catching body parts or clothes in the mechanism underneath.

  8. Simon Champion says:

    Why not just buy two different sized tables?

  9. Promethean Sky says:

    I’ve seen this style of expanding table before, but getting a look at the mechanism was wonderful.

  10. Melted Crayons says:

    Could someone please ID this music?  The usual apps aren’t getting it.

  11. David Folmar says:

    We all know it would be covered with unread books and stuff that we need to do in a week and never get closed again…

  12. danlyke says:

    Yeah, it’s a Jupe table, looks like the same mechanism that the DB Fletcher “Capstan Table” uses to store the leaves internally. Neat to see the mechanism exposed, but it’s been done. It will be interesting to see the IP fight, as I think Fletcher was claiming patent on the particulars of that mechanism.

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