CNC Furniture has been for a few years already but hasn't really taken off. I believe this is because designers haven't spend enough time designing with that technology in mind. Most of the CNC furniture I found online have the typical joinery exposed or have a rigid feel. I played around with the ShopBot Buddy (worktable 4' x 2') and made a family of chairs: Lounge Chair, a Stool and this Dining Chair. I wanted to design a modern chair that would have a retro look, similar to a school chair but making it more ergonomic and comfortable.

CNC Routers have become affordable in the last couple of years and there are quite a lot of DIY CNC Routers out there. If you have a TechShop close by you can probably make it over there.

Step 1: Materials


  • ¾ inch pre-finished maple plywood (2 sheets 4'x2')
  • Shopbot
  • ¼ inch End Mill
  • Wood Clamps
  • Wood Glue

IMPORTANT: measure the thickness of your plywood! I purchased the white melamine plywood in 0.75” thick (19.05 mm) but as you can see from the photo, the it was 19.81 mm and the pre-finished walnut was 18.95 mm thick. This is really important to take note because the design has locking parts and we need to accommodate for a thicker material.

<p>Did you design a dining table to match the chairs yet? Would love a full set...</p>
<p>just got done with mine and drying now! Great design :D</p>
<p>Nice!!! Really dig the color! Thanks for sharing the photo!</p>
i make one of this chairs trata awesome. look
<p>Looks good. Send a pic assembled!</p>
<p>Is this chair comfortable? Looks like the back rest is quite low? And maybe it should be more straight up. I mean the angle. It looks very good though!! </p>
<p>Make it and try it out. If you don't like it, change the angle. All of the files are online.</p>
<p>This looks awesome but cannot find the files needed for the machine. Can someone please email me those? Would be great! Thanks in advance. Emailadress is b.vo@live.nl</p>
Hi. I love your chair. Could you send me a copy of the cad drawings? I live in Merida, Mexico and would love to enjoy this chair. jorge.lire@gmail.com
<p>extremelly nice design</p>
<p>it is use cnc router 5aixs ? http://www.sinomac-cnc.com</p>
Awesome! I wish I had a CNC router. Very inspirational
<p>Thanks! Are you close to a Techshop?</p>
Sorry for such a late reply. I live in Portugal. We do not have Techshop here! But I found a guy with a homemade one!
<p>Awesome! Hope you can build a few of these chairs. I'd love to see them!</p>

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Bio: Alejandro is an industrial designer who focuses on creating impact through his designs. He has a broad background having worked at a graphic design agency ... More »
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