Introduction: How to Build a Daft Punk Table Replica

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The idea is to build a replica of the Daft Punk Table sold at Habitat, very nice, but, as long as I know not sold anymore.
The building process is not very complicated, the hardest part is to decide everything when your starting point is zero. I could get some ideas about the construction of the table like the use of "carton pluma" from Mathieu, a french guy that made one before I made mine. You can see Mathieu's table at:
This is one picture of the table i constructed myself.
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Step 1: Let's Get Started...

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Ok! As many people has written me after watching the youtube videos, interested in the construction of the table, i'll write a quick'n'dirty guide excuse my English, but I'll write this very fast and English is not my native language.

So let's begin constructing the daft punk table replica. The materials i used for the table where MDF and 10mm grey. They produce an overall impression very similar to the original one, if not better. Under the glass there is a red plexiglass square and the 5x5 division are made of "carton pluma".

Its a good idea to put a sheet of difuser like thick onion paper on top of these squares so the light of the leds difusses through the red plexiglass.

Step 2: The Red Plexiglass...

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The second thing I made was to buy the plexiglass, just the same dimension as the squares. These are the first tries with leds in the squares. The plexiglass still had the plastic protection.
Probably the plexiglass is one of the most expensive materials to buy (apart from the glass, of course). I think I got this piece for about 35€(I was lucky the had some cut rests I could use) in a Madrid shop.

Step 3: Inner Structure...

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The inner structure of the table, from wich the glass will be suspended is made in MDF in my replica. If anyone has the intention of constructing one, I would recommend a less dense wood, since MDF is extremely heavy. It was 19mm thick MDF, i think. I bought it at C/Madera in Madrid City and it was quite cheap. So after taking all these to home (the hardest part) I verified the dimensions of all the parts joining the elements with adhesive tape.

Step 4: Joining and Painting

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So the joints where these typical wood joints, with some screw reinforcements… Combined with wood glue they make a quiet robust joint, so the structure can support the glass weight… You have to consider that if you use 10mm glass you can get a final weight from about 40 Kg just in glass….

After this, the next is painting it in black. I used a water based paint that doesnt smell with matt appeareance. The paint is not a critical point since it wont be perceived through the glass.

Step 5: Electronics

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Well… so I will explain briefly how I made this part… Each square has 8 red hight brightness leds inside no oriented upwards so the light difusses better. It makes 200 total leds, it’s a bit boring to solder so many leds… The control of these leds ia made with a PIC 16F876A Microcontroller. The control software is in C and I made a software in order to design the sequences. The sequences are changed via RS232 communication when I play music on Winamp I programmed a PlugIn that synchs the table with the music bpm’s… Maybe all the software stuff was one of the easiests and fastest to develope as I have long experience with the subject.

So… the PIC receives the signal via RS232 (I will make this communication via Zigbee when I get some Xbee modules) and transmits them thorugh I2C to PCF8574 that make use of the ULN28003 in order to get enough current to feed the leds…

So here are some pictures of the soldering process (It was quiet boring and the results are not very well looking, but none will see the soldered board):

Step 6: The Glass

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Maybe one of the riskiest parts of the construction. I covered the table with grey 10mm glass. All the glass was about 180 euros with the sharp edges rounded. The original table has some parts of the glass joined with glue, i think, but as my table was becoming so heavy i wanted a system to suspend the glass so you could unmount it. I made this modifying some coat adhesive hangers and painting them in black, there are four hangers for each vertical glass i think the result was quiet good .Now there are some pictures of the table without the glass and with it:

Step 7: So Here It Is!

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Thanks for your attention, i hope it's useful for someone...

Step 8: The Table in Action...

I recorded this video with the table connected to winamp, as you can se the table is synchronized with the music...


Mathewww made it! (author)2015-02-14

Hello, I'm Mathieu, the french guy you're talking in this article.

Today I have plugged my own table for the first time since 4 or 5 years, maybe more. Still looks pretty cool !

I saw your video, controlled by iPhone, nice job ! I have a raspberry pi, an iphone and my table also make use of I2C. How can I install download the app and install it ?

Best regards

mrgalleta (author)Mathewww2015-02-18

Hi Mathieu!

On the RPi side, you can clone the repo at github, the software uses the ALSA library so you should have it installed before trying to compile. I had an USB soundcard connected to the RPi with a microphone. The communication with the Iphone App goes through a socket connection the function that receives the messages is void send_action(std::string action) in dptable.cpp, I don't think I still have the source code for the Iphone App but I'll look for it and let you know. Programming a new client shouldn't be difficult there's some usefull source code here:



ravewings (author)2013-12-08

very cool table. I'd like to make one like this except have different color lights like this end table:

Nequito (author)2012-08-28

of How many mcd are the leds that you use?

kavo (author)2011-06-08

how is this a daft punk table?

jpowell6 (author)kavo2011-07-11

It was designed by Daft Punk!

umarthebeast (author)2011-03-27

Hey I was just wondering if I were to use a mirrored surface In the divisions would it make a brighter light and better diffusion.

cpzion (author)2010-11-13

hola, tienes diagramas de circuiteria y esas cosas???

splasma (author)2010-10-28

Bonito trabajo, vecino

Has pensado en poner Leds RGBs.???

Skyriam (author)2010-07-23

Hey buddy, awesome project. Can you please show us the schematics and code you used? Thank you!

johnxtreme (author)2010-04-03

what are the dimensions of the table you used?

Heartman (author)2009-12-20


Nice job.

Is possible to share the schema and Hex ( or MiKroC source file)

My best regards,

scrpn17w (author)2009-12-13

Is there any chance that you could put up a link or something of the scematics you used to build your boards both for the control side and the LED side?

mark_ob (author)2009-11-23

Hi - nice table!  I'm looking to build one from your instructions - do you have the winamp plugin and circuit diagrams available.  Any help very much appreciated.

unholyknight (author)2007-11-26

Does anyone have any more information on the Winamp plugin? I know how to do everything else except the plugin for winamp. When it comes to writing a plugin for winamp that outputs to RS232 I am completely lost on what to do. I'd appreciate either a plugin itself or to be pointed in the right direction plugin wise. How exactly would I go about writing this plugin if I need to replicate it?

Looked into older winamp releases and it looks like the 2.xx versions have great plugins for serial port integration. I'll look into it further. Me and a friend are starting on this project soon and will document it all in video, write-ups, and files as well.

bizzton3k (author)unholyknight2009-05-12

unholyknight, Did you ever start or finish this project?

unholyknight (author)bizzton3k2009-09-27

Sadly I never got the time to work on this. School and work were just eating too much of my time.

mrgalleta (author)unholyknight2007-11-26

Hi, I'm been extremely busy for the last months but I´ll try post some code examples explaining how to do it... You can start having a look at the Winamp SDK and some code examples of RS232 output in C.

falsehero (author)2009-07-14

Making your own? Want a head start? I have 25 LED boards for sale that I built in surplus supply to build a few of these. There are 8 on each PCB board and are 70000 mcd each. Worth a bit of cash and also time. Grab yourself a bargain... Follow this link.

Sonicblaze (author)2008-08-06

What about using an LEDWiz to control it? I think that'd make this pretty easy, and just use the "LEDBlinky Animation Editor" to control its animations. You could also use the "Luminaudio™ Engine" software for the LEDWiz to make it beat to the music. I know that kinda takes part of the "homebuilt" aspect out of this project, but it'd get it running until you can make your own controller.

Lil-Diabo (author)Sonicblaze2008-08-24

I've just ordered the LED-Wiz and i'm gonna try it out, hope it works

bizzton3k (author)Lil-Diabo2009-05-12

Hey Lil-Diabo, Did you get your LED-Wiz to work out?

akashmash (author)2009-03-28

do you think we can hack this in to an arcade stacker game? LOLS

darksteel (author)2009-03-11

is it possible to detect the beats of the music with a microphone or something like that, or just connect a jack to the computer or whatever is playing music? My friend has a flashlight with LEDs that when you clap or make a noise, it turns on, you clap again and it becomes brighter and brighter, etc... so i was thinking of using something like that since I don't want the table always connected to the computer every time :\

mrgalleta (author)darksteel2009-03-12

Yes, you could make a circuit like some kind of sound activated light, maybe with a low-pass filter to filter everything but the rythmic section od the song and send a signal to the controller board in order to change the sequence at that time.

ITCHprojects (author)2009-02-27

So any word about the code for this puppy? Sorry to hassle I just want to see how you did it!

guigui2403 (author)2009-02-09

Bonjour, ou est posé la plaque de plexi? juste en dessous de la plaque en verre? sert elle juste a bien diffuser la lumiere? faire des "beaux carrés? merci de vos reponses

Katy23 (author)2009-01-22

"Around the world" brought them into the dancefloor top chart. One recent remix astonished me:


gurvana (author)2009-01-04

et bien il faut être calé pour pouvoir construire cette table... Surtout au niveau du contrôleur. Peux tu m'éclairer un peu plus sur la manière a procéder pour un néophyte? merci

Lucazio (author)2008-11-12

That's so old school, yet still modern. I so wanna make one in my tech ed class this year, definitely will refer to this.

TURBOTREV (author)2008-10-23

Sorry folks files did not attach here they are: Thanks again. Trevor.

TURBOTREV (author)2008-10-23

Hi folks, I need your help here I have an original daft punk table and the RTA switch (pictured) has burnt out. does anyone know the correct indexing and switch function I need to order a new part? Any help would be appricated as Habitat no longer deal with the supplier and I need to fix this myself. I have also attached the pdf for the company who supplies the RTA switch. So far I think the order code I need is: RTA - P - 3 - ???? - ? - 25N - S Thanks folks.. Trevor

The Expert Noob (author)2008-09-12

hmm that gives me the idea of bringing back the ol 70s dance floors. Know of any glass that will hold human weight? probably Lexan plexiglass?

maybe... take a look at this...

Alphateam (author)mrgalleta2008-09-21

Hi mrgalleta, and congratulation for your job. i have a little question, how to fix the glass to not seen through the glass how they are fixed. Thx

RPisces (author)2008-09-07

Now THAT'S the perfect fusion of art and technology! Great job! I'm not sure if I could build this given the missing details in this instructable, but I don't think I would anyways due to all that soldering I'd have to do!

KaptinScarlet (author)2008-08-15

great instructable, I always thought that it would be nice to build one of these, but I worried about the finish. Looks like you have done a fantastic job of that though.

marcoskohler (author)2007-12-03

I finally finished building this and the one problem I am having is the brightness of LED's. I am using 6 LED's in parallel. They are 12000mcd. When I tested them with a 9V battery they are super bright, but because I am scanning the matrix with the PIC and bcs of PWM, they become dimmer. I would really like them to be brighter. Did you use any reflective coating on the inside barriers to spread the light better? I am currently trying aluminum foil

mrgalleta (author)marcoskohler2007-12-03

Hi, No, I didnt, but that maybe help, the inside of my cells is just white paint (not very shiny finished), and one fold of diffuser thick paper (called "onion paper" in spain) just bellow the plexiglass...

bob.smitty (author)mrgalleta2008-08-14

Onion paper = tracing paper.

bob.smitty (author)marcoskohler2008-08-14

aluminum foil won't help, and actually may hinder the propagation. best bet is mylar, and white (titanium white) paint is a good choice too. i know it's counterintuitive... get a light meter and check it out! peace.

LoriLee58 (author)2008-04-06

What is "Carton Pluma" in English? Cardboard box? And are these LED lights, the kind with pins, or the "bullet" type with a brass metal base that holds the resistor? Sorry, I don't understand electrical stuff, much less the programming. Anyone?

bob.smitty (author)LoriLee582008-08-14

It's corefoam, you can buy it at Pearl or any art store.

disconizer (author)LoriLee582008-04-07

Carton Pluma is hard foam on whose outsides plastic is glued on

LoriLee58 (author)disconizer2008-04-07

Thank you. I'm not sure if I can find it here, but at least now I know what I'm looking for. Appreciate the help!

bumpus (author)2008-08-14

Wow, I can't believe I missed this instructable!
I thought I've seen most of the -ibles on this site, guess not!
Very nice table, are you still using it?

Also, I'm working on making thomas' helmet from Daft Punk.
Thought you might want to see it when its done..

altomic (author)2008-08-08

I made a similar table a few years ago. but not with the reactive lights. mine had boring lights that were basically individual flashlights hooked up with a centralised control pad/switch board powered by a AC adapter. I had no money so I went mega cheap and used 16 milk crates. bolted them together. plywood around the outside. Found a sheet of shop window glass - i.e. thick - which I cut to shape with a diamond angle grinder disc (really rough cut - use safety goggles and really really clean up after) then with black PVC tubing cut and glued around the edge of the glass. - otherwise it would have been a vein opening experience within minutes. painted the underside of the glass with "stain" paint for color cost me $12. No where as elegant as this puppy. your table is very very very cool. very very very professional. my hat goes off to you Mrgalleta

Javier-Meier (author)2008-08-08

Hello, first of all congratulations on a great looking table!!!!!, im thinking of following your project instructions but i was wondering if i were to use another color led and white plexiglass do you think it might still look good?

Darmani (author)2008-08-06

Hola disculpa, no se si ya lo hayas puesto pues no lei todos los comentarios, pero tendras los esquemas y el codigo para programar el pic, me interesa mucho me gusto mucho tu proyecto. Felicidades esta muy bueno.

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Bio: My name is Carlos Zoido and I'm an Industrial Engineer living in Madrid. I love design, art, music and computers...
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