Introduction: Create Your Own Y-Parametric Table - More Artistic Furnishings!

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This is my second single sheet plywood furniture instructable! If you missed the first, the Fishbone chair, please check it out! This too I made at the Techshop!
This was another instance of me scouring through the internet late at night, and saw something that caught my eye! A piece by Krystian Kwiecinski that was beautiful in form and function, and it inspired me to create my own design. I don't know why she called it parametric, but the name represented the idea of creating curves and contours through equations to me. So it sounded cool as well.
I think it was more the unique physics in play that grabbed my attention, but I thought it was worth trying out the good ole 3D design program again to see if my own creation would work.

It took me about 6 hours of 3D designing, sans sanity breaks, to get out these initial designs put together, but I was entertained by figuring out how to make the mini-animation

Step 1: Components

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A little creative twist to update to my basic component forms, and I have what I think are some pretty good plans.
Basically, all you need is to get the leg, the support triangle, and the pegs set. The tabletop is pretty easy once you know the basics.
I cut down the dimensions of this piece to less than a single sheet (Half Sheet!!!!), mainly because I didn't need a full sized table, so I set it at about coffee table height, and only about 4 feet long

Step 2: Cut and Finish!

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Again, at the Techshop woodshop, but this time in Menlo Park, I finally was able to get in a couple hours on the ShopBot and got to cutting. 60 minutes later I was sanding, and then headed home to grab some dinner and put it all together for a dry fit.

Step 3: Final Results!

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At home to do a little fine sanding, and a dry test fit.
I left it outdoors overnight and the feral cats that seem to love my backyard for some reason, decided to walk all over it. :-(
A quick linseed oil coat to protect and highlight the natural grain is the only step after this dry fit.
And.... VIOLA!!!
A designer table!
One thing to note is that I do not use any screws, nails, or glues. This is all slotted furniture for easy assembly and awesome looks! 



weisner1 (author)2016-06-09

This is beautiful work, a really great job. I am considering doing this in steel using 1/4" sheet steel. Thank you for the inspiration.

ohmdaddy (author)weisner12016-06-09

Thank you. I would really like to see how the steel version turns out. Are you planning on using a waterjet, cnc, or cut by hand?

m3d1973 (author)2013-08-20

Hi, I really like the no glue, screw or nail joints. Do you have a digital drawing (dxf or dwg)?

ohmdaddy (author)m3d19732013-09-11

The shopbot files and vCarve are available through Etsy, however, if you would like the DXF format, I can post those up there as well

hsartoris (author)m3d19732013-09-11

Yeah that would be great, any luck?

ohmdaddy (author)hsartoris2013-09-11

The shopbot files and vCarve are available through Etsy, however, if you would like the DXF format, I can post those up there as well

Lord Maul (author)2013-09-07

Sweet! I've just received my free Riot Points!

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WayneEarl (author)2013-08-19

Tapped plastics is your friend. You can email them the cad file And they will fabricate and deliver the table to you.

bakunin (author)WayneEarl2013-08-20

You mean TAP Plastics, right?
They are indeed very awesome.

WayneEarl (author)bakunin2013-08-24

Yes, they are. And you are correct regarding the name.

ToolboxGuy (author)2013-08-20

I am surprised that this was cut in this manner, yet the slots and tabs don't mate up in height perfectly (at least in the photo.) not sure if that was intentional.
If you put together/take apart a number of times, do the joints still hold well? Some designs get a bit of wear on the tabs, and it goes from knock-down table to firewood....

ohmdaddy (author)ToolboxGuy2013-08-21

Yeah, the pegs that go into the table slots don't mate up perfectly in height. That, I found, is mostly due to the fact that the routing bit is round and rounds out what I wanted to be a perfect right angle.
I knew i would have a slight difference in height. Also, I made all the measurements to fit precisely so it would be tight. I can pick up the whole table and nothing wiggles or falls out. I imagine that a bit of sanding could make it a bit looser.
One thing that I would note is that you would likely want to loosen the fittings if you are going to stain or coat the wood. You will get a bit of swelling

shallnot (author)2013-08-21

"I don't know why she called it parametric".

Well, form Kwieciński's site you linked to we find "Y parametric table was designed to be easily customized and rapidly fabricated. Through the m3dify web page, customers can modify the dimensions, geometry and materials of the table to fit their specific requirements and preferences."

Seems to answer your implied why question.

myronf48 (author)2013-08-20

Can you provide the measurements or the molds of the parts in a pdf file? I'm from Guatemala


Breygon (author)2013-08-19

nice. I love the lack of screw's and glue. unfortunately if I were to do this it would have to be sawn by hand... one comment on that: "ain't genna happen!"

bakunin (author)Breygon2013-08-20

Well, you could cut it out with a router instead of a coping saw and retain some of your sanity. :D

ohmdaddy (author)Breygon2013-08-19

Yeah.. I hear that. I don't think I would have been able to muster the patience to do it by hand either.

pbel (author)2013-08-20

Hi. The table looks pretty cool. Which CAD Tool do you prefer for your work? Could you do also a short description how you proceed when working in the 3d design program? Regards Petr

bryanbrews (author)2013-08-20

Could you attach your 3D model and shopbot file so I can bring it to the tech shop and cut it out? Looks amazing!

foobear (author)2013-08-19

Kristian is a he!

ohmdaddy (author)foobear2013-08-19

Well, shoot...

bob3030 (author)2013-08-19

Nice instructable . I like home made furniture especially practical easy to make furniture. Good job.

Kiteman (author)2013-08-19

Oh, nice.

I bet you could cut the top from thick acrylic instead, and then sell it to a trendy office.

ohmdaddy (author)Kiteman2013-08-19

I had thought about doing some thick acrylic and will likely revisit this design when I get on the waterjet so I can do a glass or acrylic piece

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