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Pie segmented expanding pedestal table

This dining table was designed to seat up to 12. It expands from its closed form, a 5' rounded octagon, to its fully open form, a 7' circle. The basic top is veneered with a 16 piece matched mahogany crotch with each of the eight pie shaped segments banded with fiddleback mahogany and tipped in brass. The eight spear shaped leaves are of quilted mahogany, similarly banded and tipped; they store in a seperate wheeled storage box. The spiral fluted pedestal base and reeded legs are of Hondorus mahogany. The lions paw feet are carved of brazilian rosewood. To expand the table each of the eight segment top pieces is slid outward, creating a space for one of the leaves to be placed in; all ajoining pieces are then locked to each other creating the fully expanded table.

Basic Table; closed

This view shows the basic table in the closed mode; five feet across, a rounded octagon. Since the table was designed to be used most often in this configuration, the pedestal base was sized accordingly; this design feature made it necessary to add a steel column (internal) to the pedestal in order to give it the additional tortional strenth necessary to support the added mass of the eight leaves.
Basic Table; closed
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top view; closed

This view shows the mahogany crotch top, as a 5' rounded octagon; each bookmatched pair makes up one of the eight segments. When viewed in this manner the overall effect is stunning, creating a kalidascope of flames .
top view; closed
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opening top

This view shows the table being expanded. Each of the eight segments is pulled fully outward creating a space to place a leaf. Custom wooden 'spin locks' secure each segment to its adjoining leaf from beneath. This view also shows the brass 'saddle' tips that reinforce the leading point of each veneered segment and leaf. These also serve to allign all the points where they converge.
opening top
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top view; opened

This view shows the top fully expanded with the eight leaves . In this configuration the table will seat 12.
top view; opened
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