Capstan Table by DB Fletcher Designs

Posted in: Furniture and Millwork- Aug 20, 2010 No Comments
Captstan Table by DB Fletcher Designs

An exquisite handcrafted Capstan table by DB Fletcher.

DB Fletcher Designs, located in the United Kingdom, is a bespoke furniture maker known for their high quality craftsmanship.  Perhaps their most famous product, the Capstan Table has been featured in numerous design and boating publications.  Don’t be fooled by the ordinary looks of the table pictured at the right.  With either the push of a button or a simple manual spinning motion (your choice), the custom made, handcrafted Capstan Table by DB Fletcher magically, and quite beautifully, doubles its seating capacity in a matter of seconds.

DB Fletcher makes only a handful of Capstan Tables every year, and each one is made exclusively to fit the buyers design specifications.  So don’t be surprised to see the table’s price tag (which I’ll present later).  DB Fletcher can make their Capstan Tables with marble, granite, glass, exotic wood, metal, or a combination thereof.  Lighting systems can also be installed.  As I mentioned above, DB Fletcher can make the Capstan Table operable electronically by infrared remote or manually.  Continue reading to see the DB Fletcher Capstan Table in action.

DB Fletcher Capstan Table in Action

Automated Capstan Table

Here’s an automated Capstan Table that is controlled by an infrared remote.

Manual Capstan Table
The manual Capstan Table can be easily unfolded and stored in a matter of seconds. Before the table is unfolded, a large screw beneath the table is loosened to unlock the table.

More About the Capstan Table

DB Fletcher Capstan Table, Dressed

A gorgeously set Capstan Table aboard a private yacht. This is the manual table shown in the video directly above.

The DB Fletcher’s Captan Table was inspired by Robert Jupe’s 1835 patented design. However, Jupe’s table was not capable of stowing its own table leaves.  It was also very slow to operate. Jupe’s design was radially operated, but the table itself wasn’t perfectly round.   DB Fletcher tweaked and manipulated Jupe’s design and transformed it into a beautiful, functional, and extremely easy to operate table.  Fletcher’s design is comprised of three sets of table leafs, a drum, a table drum, and the drum skirt. The table drum and skirt hide the complex steel and aluminum mechanisms essential for the table’s operation. When unfolded, the Capstan Table expands by 73%. It is typically made in diameters between 69 to 91 inches and 80 to 105 inches.

How Much Does a Capstan Table by DB Fletcher Cost?

Because only a handful of Capstan Tables are made every year, and only the finest of materials are used, the price of a handcrafted bespoke Capstan Table can range between $25,000 and $50,000.

Where Can A Capstan Table be Purchased?

DB Fletcher is only located in the United Kingdom. They do not have any dealers, showrooms, or locations overseas (nor are they interested). However, they are more than happy to ship a Capstan Table anywhere in the world. With each shipment, a DB Fletcher technician will arrive on site to assemble the table and make sure it is in proper working order. If you are interested in purchasing a one-of-a-kind DB Fletcher Capstan Table, you will need to contact DB Fletcher Designs directly.


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