Creative Woodworking #42: Is this even possible??? (expanding table)

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 615 days ago 1661 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Can anyone figure out how this works?????

see it here in action…..

Read more about it here

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 615 days ago

My wife looked at this and said “Oh <bleep> – what is wrong with you people?”

I’m still laughing…

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#2 posted 615 days ago

“Seriously – something’s wrong …”

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#3 posted 615 days ago

yeah, my wife doesn’t get “us people” either…. :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 615 days ago

I cant figure it out either, and your wife is right there is something wrong with “us”...:)

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#5 posted 615 days ago

There’s nothing wrong with us.
I just spent forty five minutes searching the internet trying to figure out how this works and if I can make one.
What’s so wrong about that?

Gotta go.
The nurse now says it’s time for meds.


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#6 posted 615 days ago

gotta be trick photography.. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 615 days ago

Says “Concept”. So I gotta believe it doesn’t exist.

But this ought to blow your mind…

Fletcher Capstan Table

And here

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#8 posted 615 days ago

Only thing I can think of is some sort of segmented slide inside the top of the larger slide that the top sits on that you can see in the last pic. Every so many of the segments has a hinge that attaches to a board. Something like a zigzag rod would be needed that could be turned to raise the non-attached edges when you want to close it. Actually it is the lifting of the edge of each board so that the boards can slide together that confuses me. Would require custom made slides though.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#9 posted 615 days ago

It’s a computer generated model. Nice idea but would require some very complex mechanisms to raise each of the pieces of wood so that they could be slid together.

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#10 posted 615 days ago


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#11 posted 615 days ago

It’s a TRICK!

Or magic…. one or the other :-)

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#12 posted 615 days ago

So, its basically a window shutter turned on end?

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#13 posted 614 days ago

If anyone figures it out, I hope he uses the info to build a more attractive table. Proportionally the top looks far too thin when expanded over those chunky legs!


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#14 posted 614 days ago

Seems about all it would take is some fingers to push it up on closing and a bit of tension to hold it firm while it is open. The hinges for the individual pieced would need a bit of spring to push them down. Seems to me it is merely a novelty. More trouble than it is worth and not very practical or serviceable.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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