Saturn Design Seattle, Capstan Table VideoWhirlwind's latest patent effort for flesh sensing table saw safety devices was among the week's top reports.

Most viewed, however, was an article and video of Saturn Design Woodworking's dramatic rotating veneered table. The spinning, walking expanding table, captured in an artful video by its maker, Robert Huskey of Seattle-based Saturn Design, is quite dramatic. Reminiscent of a capstan table that rotates and expands and is also presented in WoodworkingNetwork videos, Huskey explains that his design - for which he is seeking patents - is different.

Huskey's table is composed of up to 24 leaves (plus a round Terminus for open shapes) that can be set on each other within a 30 degree range of arc.

"The capstan table has intrigued me for a long time," Huskey says. "The precursor to it was called the Jupe table but that didn’t have the automatic storage and raising of the leaves. It was in response to those tables that I started the design of the Phoebe Table.

"The Jupe has two different shapes; the Capstan has three counting the center. My original goal was to see if an expandable circular table could be made with a single geometric element. The crescent is the most elegant solution to that question if you allow for an opening in the center of the table.

"The hardware and approach for my table is different so I’m not at all worried about the capstan patents," Kuskey notes.

These and more are the week's top wood industry reports:

 Saturn Design Seattle, Capstan Table Video

Phoebe's Table Dance, Saturn Design Woodworking
Updated: 11/19/2012 8:20:00 PM
The table is composed of up to 24 leaves (plus a round Terminus for open shapes) that can be set on each other within a 30 degree range of arc. The smallest circle is 60" diameter, the largest is 90". It is 18' long and 30" wide as a straight line. Read more


Table Saw Safety Patent for Whirlwind Tool Co. Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 11/26/2012 11:25:00 AM
Woodworking machinery manufacturer, Whirlwind Tool Co., which specializes in flesh-sensing table saw technology, has introduced a new patent-pending safety device, the Black Box. Read more

 Woodcraft Supply acquires Japan Woodworker

Woodcraft Supply Acquires Japan Woodworker
Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 11/20/2012 4:54:00 AM
Woodcraft Supply acquired Japan Woodworker, a California-based company that also sells woodworking equipment and supplies Read more

 Artisan Kitchens cabinetry for pets

Kitchen Cabinet Island for Dogs and Cats
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/16/2012 10:57:00 AM
Cabinetry to accommodate pets will find a ready market in the 50+ million households with dogs or cats. Artisan Kitchens, Osterville Villiage, ME, designed this kitchen island with pet food bowl insets. Read more

 Lumber pricing and sales

Between Hardwood and the ‘Fiscal Cliff’
By Andy Johnson | Updated: 11/21/2012 10:17:00 AM
Hardwood product manufacturers face uncertainty over the 'fiscal cliff' and other budget issues roiling Washington. But export markets for lumber will continue to grow in 2013 and saw mills will invest in capacity expansions. Read more

 American Woodmark cabinets and bathroom vanities

American Woodmark Sales Leap 24%
By Billl Esler | Updated: 11/20/2012 4:21:00 PM
Cabinetry giant American Woodmark second quarter sales rose 24% to $159.8 million, driving the company to $2 million in net income, reversing a $3 million loss for the 2012 period. new construction sales rose 40%. Read more

 Tin Roof Cutting Boards, Tough Country Sawmills

Wood's Cyber Monday Tops Week's Reports
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/21/2012 9:49:00 AM
Custom wood shops of all types - hand-built furniture shops, residential cabinetmakers, wood models, toys and household items - are sharing in the online sales boom like other businesses - which tops the wood industry news for the week. Read more

 J Alexander Fine Woodworking Jared Patchin

Built an Alder Lamp Table With Metal Spindles
By Jared Patchin | Updated: 11/20/2012 10:00:00 AM
An alder lamp table is unique - since half the project is made of metal. Here's how we cut, aligned, and finished it. Read more

 Seacoast Soapstone, kitchen cabinets

Custom Woodworking Business Start-up Pushes Soapstone
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/25/2012 8:42:00 PM
Seacoast Soapstone, LLC, a wood and stone countertop fabricator and custom cabinetry and kitchen cabinet design shop, has been launched in Madsen, NH, with an emphasis on soapstone sinks and counters. Read more

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