Picture of Design and Make a Table in a Day: Design
This is part one of a two part Instructable detailing how to design and build a table using 123D Design and 123D Make.  In this part I will show how to quickly use 123D Design (a free and, I think, easy intro CAD tool) to design a custom table in about 5 minutes.  There are many ways to create a table, so don't take this as gospel, but it is a pretty quick way to try out a bunch of designs.

In Part 2 of this Instructable I cover how to build the table quickly using 123D Make.

By following this Instructable you should be able to quickly design tables and other similar objects with whatever dimensions and looks you'd like.

Required Materials:
-A computer (Mac or PC)
-123D Design (Download it here) [NOTE: The online and iPad versions have significantly fewer editing abilities, so you won't be able to complete this instructable without installing the "desktop" version.  Sorry.]
-If you're using a laptop you'll probably want a mouse

[If you already know some CAD, feel free to skip over reading this next part.]
This Instructable is also an introduction to CAD (which stands for Computer Aided Design).  CAD is the basic name for any computer program used for creating representations of physical objects.  In the professional world CAD is used for designing airplanes, skyscrapers, blockbuster movies, and nearly anything else you can think of.  We're not going to create anything nearly so complex, but using this tool you can begin to design and eventually build intricate and attractive real-life objects.
Thanks for publishing this project! I have only began to tinker with 123D for some fiberglass projects I am working on.
Adam.Kenvarg (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago
I didn't even think about using this method for doing fiberglass layups, but that's a great idea! I'd be very interested in seeing what you end up making with it.