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: Dining Chair, Stool and this Lounge Chair. Click on the links for each instructable.
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.
Design Concept: One of my favorite chair designs is Eames LCW molded plywood lounge chair. It's a design classic and the fine detailed surfacing work is incredible as well as comfortable. It has been a source of inspiration for quite a lot of my furniture and in this case while using a completely different technology I was able to resemble his masterpiece.
Step 1: Materials
- ¾ inch pre-finished maple plywood (2 sheets 4'x2')
- ¼ inch End Mill
- Table Router with round bit (optional)
- Wood Clamps
- Wood Glue
IMPORTANT: measure the thickness of your plywood! I purchased the 3/4 plywood in 0.75” thick (19.05 mm) but as you can see from the photo, it was 18.65 mm thick. This is really important to take note because the design has locking parts/pockets and we need to accommodate for a thinner/thicker material.