Aesthetically and stylistically, this piece of furniture is all over the place—the builder refers to it as "Art Deco style" and I humbly disagree—but there's no denying the exacting craftsmanship that went into it. Craig Thibodeau, a San-Diego-based custom furniture builder, presumably built this David-Roentgen-inspired Automaton Table as a showpiece, to illustrate to his customers what's possible in the way of hidden compartments:
I thought it would be cool if the spinning puzzle was actually a combination lock, but Thibodeau's probably got to get some sleep sooner or later.
You can see more of his work here.
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