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The Most Incredible Table You'll Ever See

comments (12) August 1st, 2014 in blogs

Ed_Pirnik Ed Pirnik, Senior Web Producer
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Judging by his products, woodworker David Fletcher is just as much an engineer as he is a furniture maker. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Judging by his products, woodworker David Fletcher is just as much an engineer as he is a furniture maker.

Photo: Fletcher Tables

Yup, my headline makes one heck of a bold claim. That said, from an engineering standpoint (at least), this capstan table crafted by David Fletcher is an utter marvel of engineering.


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In this short video outlining the table's general construction and history, Fletcher claims that when asked to produce the table he replied that it was "far too difficult." In the end however, he was convinced to attempt the build, and judging by the final product, he most likely exceeded his wildest expectations.Want one of your own? No problem. For a cool $50K-$70K, you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at this fine specimen of a table.


So the next time you find yourself frustrated while trying to cut a complex compound-angled dovetail joint-think of Mr. Fletcher and put your "big boy pants" on.



Special thanks to Adam Savage's Tested website, where I stumbled upon this little gem.

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Comments (12)

kchambes kchambes writes: Imagine what anyone of us could achieve with 15 years and deep pockets?
Still impressive though.
Posted: 2:32 pm on February 1st

brownman brownman writes: Wow, what a fantastic and wonderfully engineered table! Something I'd purchase if "I were a wealthy man ! "
Posted: 10:28 am on February 1st

TheaM TheaM writes: Would I try this ever? No way! Life's too short. Even if I were much better than I am now, it seems like the kind of thing that would drive me insane.
Posted: 4:13 pm on August 5th

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: The question I have for all of you is: would any of you ever attempt something this crazy? For my part, there is no way in hell I would have had the confidence to attempt it for a client, like this fellow did. Yet he completed it! I have an enormous amount of respect for anyone with that much self-confidence. It awes me! I guess I missed that gene! I still don't think any of my woodworking is "good enough." And maybe that's a good thing. Maybe that's what keeps a woodworker making better and better pieces - always striving for perfection and new challenges.

Posted: 8:30 am on August 4th

EdWeber EdWeber writes: I like it but...

Although it's a clever piece of engineering, I would classify this as a kinetic sculpture not a woodworking project. Even the small amount of woodworking that could have been done by humans was done with a CNC router. It is what it is, but it's not woodworking. I would have liked to have seen the piece, or diagram of the original this was based on.
Posted: 6:22 pm on August 3rd

paulpierre paulpierre writes: Whoa. What an incredible Piece. The work of a genius.
Posted: 2:33 pm on August 3rd

Cadabra Cadabra writes: For everything there is an extreme version. Here is one that defies it's heritage as a piece of woodwork. An amazing metal mechanism with wooden touches; this is nearly not furniture. The sophisticated 3D Numeric Controlled equipment and the elaborate CAD dependencies put this project in a class of its own. Nonetheless, all the more, even's really cool!
Posted: 8:47 pm on August 2nd

Woodworker_Mike Woodworker_Mike writes: Too sterile for me. Great engineering. Definitely doesn't qualify as woodworking though.
Posted: 5:59 pm on August 2nd

wookieg wookieg writes: Looks like the Century Furniture radial dining table, and even more like Century's discontinued Oscar de la Renta table. Both expand outward radially to accept additional leaves resulting in a larger table. Maybe this is a "knock-off" or parallel evolution....But those will only set you back $25K....
Posted: 5:48 pm on August 2nd

professorss professorss writes: Design,& fabrication are beautiful, but they rely on 21st century high tech and process automation. Traditional woodworking tools and skills are not present. So this is exquisite but sterile.. As for the wood, they may as well have used plastic laminate. There is not one element that speaks of the human touch.

Non sequitur. Why are the recommended articles shown just below this taken from Fine Homebuilding ad not a Fine Woodworking perspective?
Posted: 2:14 pm on August 2nd

Madkrafter Madkrafter writes: Makes my head spin... but it doesn't come back together as neatly as this table! By "big boy pants", you mean "big boy pockets" for a big boy CNC?
Posted: 2:10 pm on August 2nd

12inch 12inch writes: I guess I'll go and burn all my tools now...
Posted: 11:15 am on August 2nd

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