The undisturbed planar surface of the table top provides a starting point for intervention with the Caldera Table. Typically of a constant depth, the extruded top literally offers little room for play. By introducing a grouping of volumetric aberrations which deform not only the top surface, but also bloat the 'interior' space, Caldera exposes a deep interior dimension.Amplifying these distortions further is a set of unfamiliar inserts which sit within the craters nearly perfectly. At first the paired formations may seem functionally ambiguous, but by simply removing and flipping the lids to rest on their stubby protrusions one reveals a smooth convex underside and potential for any number of uses.

In terms of fabrication, the Caldera Table was used to explore precise double-sided milling, a variety of toolpathing / operations, and interface or joints between complex parts.

Step 1: Overview


8/4 Walnut 6061


Mild steel

Various hardware

DMS Mill (for wood)

HAAS VF2 (for metal)

Scotchman cold saw

TIG welder

Various sanding and finishing tools and supplies

I wanted to pursue several projects when I began my residency at Pier 9 with one of them being an exploration into the interface between multiple materials, while maintaining formal continuity (ideas I began exploring in some previous projects - the VICE Table and STALASSO Table) While the options for exploring this idea are varied and many, I wanted to give myself a few constraints - I wanted to keep it small-ish so I could get more into the details/finish instead of spending a lot of time on dealing with moving/storing a large piece while I worked and I really wanted to do what I could in-house at Pier 9 rather than outsourcing certain aspects (i.e. - the insert/bowl on the STALASSO table was printed through Shapeways). I had done a few projects on the HAAS VF2 and I wanted to incorporate it’s capabilities as well as the DMS 5-Axis router - a machine I hadn’t yet used at the time I began this project.

<p>This is beautiful and inspiring work of art! Thanks for sharing. </p>
Amazing design and very good explanation of your design process and fabrication process.<br>I was truly awestruck and you might say that you have a new fan :)
Thank you very much! I appreciate it!
dude you could patent this to CB2!!
<p>This is pretty badass.<br>A piece I'd actually consider hemhoraging money on.</p>
<p>Haha -thanks! </p>
Don't have the first clue how you did this....don't comprehend the instructions... not my area of expertise, but, I know this....IT IS BEAUTIFUL!
<p>Ha! That's exactly what I was thinking. Hell, I don't even have a smart phone! I'm sure that I could hammer out the table part with hand tools and lots of bandages. It doesn't matter where you get your inspiration, as long as you get it! </p>
<p>You definitely could do something like this by hand! It would be a different process, but it's certainly do-able and could be beautiful!</p>
<p>Thank you - I'm glad you appreciate it even though the process may be foreign! I think a lot of people dislike what they might not understand!</p>
<p>Pure awesomeness! I was happy to see all the stages of production and still can't believe how amazing the final result looks. </p>
<p>Thanks Gabe!</p>
<p>congratulations !!! YOU ARE A BLEND OF SCIENCE ART AND CRAFTMANSHIP...!!!</p><p>excells 100%.</p>
<p>Thanks for the comment - very much appreciated!</p>
<p>Nice table but i would have preferred if the lids were of the same wood or even a different wood if you needed a contrast. </p>
<p>Great ideas! I definitely considered that and even did some prototypes out of maple (failed - tolerances were too tight/thin in wood). Ultimately I would have liked to try a number of options, but as my time was extremely limited, I only had a chance to really produce one option! In the future perhaps!</p>
<p>Maybe not for the ones on the edges (although you could if you were careful) but one thing that comes to mind with these 'holes' is decorative resin 'floats', like knick-knacks or such suspended in a resin fill.<br><br>I play AD&amp;D with buddies and am thinking of doing this very idea on a custom-built gaming table I have in mind, not only for dice and chip/candy 'bowls', but also decorative spots with some random dice suspended in resin...maybe drilled into from underneath to allow the addition of a small LED to light the resin from below... The ideas are limitless, imho. :) </p>
<p>I like the idea of resin 'floats' and I feel like I've seen some projects in corporating something like that. Have you seen the 'glow table' with glow in the dark resin?</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Glow-table/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Glow-table/</a></p><p>pretty cool!</p>
<p>Amazing piece of work! It must be harder to do for those of us who don't have access to all these beast machines so I guess I won't be trying to make this one, would love to tough! I'm guessing you're not selling this but I'm curious how much would one have to pay for something like this. If you were to sell it, how much you think you would ask for it?</p>
<p>Thank you very much! If you have access to a shopbot or small CNC you'd be surprised how creative/productive you could be! I only had access to pier 9 for a few months, now I would like to try to build my own CNC possibly so I can keep this line of work going! I honestly have no idea how much I'd sell it for because i could never get as much as I put in since it's such a complete 1-off! Not sure I'd want to let it go anyway - haha!</p>
<p>beautiful, this gives me lots of ideas for working with our shopbot.</p>
<p>Great - would love to see what you come up with. Would like to get a shopbot or similar of my own at some point! Great machines!</p>
<p>Amazing piece. It could look even better if the tabletop would be made from a single piece of wood. I wish I had a workshop like yours. Great work. <br></p>
<p>Thanks! I wish I had that workshop too haha - it was only for a couple month residency!</p>
<p>They are just jealous that you are an artisan and they are not.</p>
<p>I like it from an artistic point of view, but WHY should anybody do that to a table?! hahaha.</p>
<p>sooooooo beautiful! I love the walnut &amp; aluminum combo! Those curves are super too</p>
Thanks Reza!! Looking forward to seeing you at the show!
I love it good instructable !
<p>One of a kind! 100% unique in my opinion! The table looks like a &quot;ghost&quot; face hehe :-P</p>
<p>Haha - nice one! Thanks!</p>
Nice. Interesting.
<p>looks great, love the design! keep up the good work</p>
Thank you!
<p>We've just renovated and can't find the right coffee table for our living room. Thanks for the inspiration. I think this is the answer.</p>
Glad to provide some inspiration!
Wow this is art
Thanks oattal!
Beautiful work.
<p>Thank you!</p>
Wow!!! Amazing work!!!! How long does it takes completely with all hours on pc??? Very nice design and good instructions!!! Thank you a lot
Thank you! Hard to say for certain, but I'd guess between 40-60 hours of time on the computer - design, adjustments, CNC programming, etc. Possibly more?
Interesting design. Is there a specific function for the caldera features?
<p>Not specifically, open to the imagination.....practical as well as illicit functions perhaps?</p>
<p>Beautiful work!<br>In my home the possible uses would include-<br>Classic &quot;visitors candy dish.&quot; <br>Or a rock collection from your travels.<br><br>Also, if the points on the caps are all the same height they would form a raised tray-table akin to what pizza restaurants use to elevate a pizza pan above the tabletop while leaving room for dining dishes underneath.</p>
<p>Thanks! Great ideas for uses too! I don't smoke but I think these lids would actually make pretty nice ashtrays haha!</p>
Pretty cool man, definitely a conversation piece.
<p>Yep! Thanks!</p>
<p>This came out very nice! Gorgeous! </p>
<p>Thanks Joe!</p>

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