So last year when I had a bit of down time before moving from icy Calgary to sunny-ish San Francisco. I thought I would try my hand at 123D Make and use it to create a piece of furniture that required no hardware for assembly. I wanted to do this for my IKEA challenged friends who never seem to understand that you need to use all the screws they give you, or you have royally screwed up. Inevitably the table/shelf/bed, always comes crashing down on their unsuspecting poor cat. This stupidity has to stop.

So my then roommate and good friend, Paul Hern from Replicate Designs, and I decided to spend a couple days over the cold winter holidays in his beautiful and well heated shop playing on his FROGMill. We spent 2 days from design to finished product.

Step 1: Designing the Basic Form

I wanted the shape of this object to be relatively basic because the slicing process created by the program would be enough of a feature to draw you in. I also needed to have the design done pretty fast because Paul and I only had a couple days to see this project through. I hit the internet for inspiration and came across the Kitaj, a side table by Rodolfo Dordoni.

I wanted to make something a bit bigger and decided to convert this shape into a coffee table. Paul also needed a table for his office (his previous one made by a well known swedish manufacturer may have finally given out because he fell victim to the 'they gave us extra hardware' myth). We landed on the dimensions of 36" x 36" x 22".

In Paul's shop, we happened to come across a circular piece of glass that may have also come from yet another abandoned piece of 'put it together yourself' furniture that found it's inevitable demise. It was around 40" in diameter so we figured we could use this as the top surface of the table if we needed to.

This basic shape is super easy to model in any software platform really, and you can play with the curvature that you like. It's a curve that is spun/revolved around a central axis. I used Rhino to do mine and can't seem to find the file, but I have included my 123D Make (free) file if you would like to make your own. Go for it, you have my blessing.

<p>Amazing project! Daily aesthetic pleasure to look at it)</p>
<p>I made this in a roughly 6&quot; High Cake Stand on a laser cutter, will need to find a topper for it. Great design!!</p>
<p>very nice</p>
<p>I think this table is something I'd like to try in other materials. However, the pattern sheet shows 15 pieces and it must have more than that based on the photos, or..? I'd love all the pieces on a sheet or sheets ( I can redraft them larger). As the person most responsible for the cleaning/dusting of my home, a table like THIS would not be a pain to clean and dust as already commented, especially if it's well sealed. There are some things worth taking care of, esp the things we create. I would love an update or variations on this in different materials. I suppose if one didn't nest the pieces for cutting, like for directional patterns in wood grain, the number of pieces of OS board that you used would maybe double? I'm thinking of making this in metal with some of the fins in porcelain, (with a standard glass top) so pattern pieces would suit my process best. Congratulations on such a successful project, but I envy your access to a workplace like that!</p>
This is sheer genius!!! Gorgeous harmony of practical and beautiful!!! Well done! I will be sure to make one of my own as soon as I am able! Thanks for sharing
<p>Would you be willing t sharethe Corel Draw file?</p>
<p><a href="http://www.123dapp.com/make" target="_blank"></a>:-) The file is a 123D Make file. Providing you with the cut files directly won't work because you will want to modify the slots according to the thickness of your material. Download 123D <a href="http://www.123dapp.com/make" target="_blank">Make.</a> It's free.</p>
<p>this is AWESOME!!!! BUT...The attached file seems to only be a shortcut to something illegible!!!! haven't been able to open it with any of the autodesk programs. .please help!!!</p>
<p>amazing, such a smart design!!</p>
Very cool indeed.
It's a beautiful design, nthing requests for a kit or readable plans.
<p>hey i would really appreciate it if you could transfer the cut plans into a pdf or other readable document. I'd love to build it but im not about to buy corel draw for it. thanks </p>
<p>Now, this project looks like just the thing a maniac with a Jigsaw, steady hands, and the patience of a glacier will have to replicate.</p>
Super sweet, I think it's time for me take a class in 3d software!!
<p>Amazing work. And I agree with ridaly and AJMansfield, you need to make a kit and sale it! </p><p>Buy the glass after is much easy than a big CNC mill!</p>
This is so coool. You're amazing
<p>dagnabbit! I saw one of those machines at a garage sale last week for $100 but thought &quot;I'll just swing by later to see if they'll drop the price&quot;... </p><p>Okay, I'm having fun for a moment but my reality is that I'd need to use my small home shop tools available to a mere thousand-aire (recently upgraded from a multi-hundred-aire).. Routers, chisels, band saw, table saw...the usual suspects. </p><p>But boy would I love to just have an afternoon fondling her buttons and dials like some machine perv! That looks so cool! I hope you enjoy every moment!</p>
<p>Best comment on Instructables ever.</p><p>&quot;But boy would I love to just have an afternoon fondling her buttons and <br>dials like some machine perv! That looks so cool! I hope you enjoy <br>every moment!&quot;</p>
Wish i had a cnc
<p>There are many great CNC machine plans here on Instructables. I built one starting in January from plans posted here and MakeCNC for about $600 (not including the old donor PC and router). I hand cut the MDF mostly with a jigsaw and a few pieces with a bandsaw at my workplace.</p><p>I would recommend you skip using a Dremel cutter and go straight to a Bosch Colt trim router or Porter Cable 690 router. I tried the Dremel first and it was terribly underpowered for wood. I had the Porter Cable 690 on a shelf and easily modified the holder for it. Works great.</p><p>You can also get into a Shakebo CNC mill pretty inexpensively, too.</p>
<p>My bad. I forgot to attach the file. I've added it now.</p>
<p>Thank you for response. The file is empty when trying to open with 123D make!! am i doing something wrong, or the file is cracked?</p>
<p>everything is ok!!! my fault!!</p>
<p>Fantastic design! It is very inspiring. </p>
<p>well done! May I suggest to also submit it to OpenDesk.cc </p><p>Also take care of your intellectual rights on this - using the right CC-license: you did a great design!</p>
<p>Now, if you could figure out how to do a bi-level in that base and add a seat, then make your base taller, well, you'd have a dining room set that you could sell for $10-15K, easy. That table is a work of art.</p>
<p>This may sound like a novice, but that is what I am to Instructables. How have you ensured that the glass sheet that is part of the table does not fall off the wooden structure created.</p>
<p>Well, the glass just lays on top of the base just like it does on any other table of this type. If you tilt the table enough, the glass will slide off, but the base is very strong and stable. That said, I wouldn't recommend having a bunch of kids playing hot lava, or wrestling teenagers, where this table is, but for it's intended use as a coffee table it's perfectly safe.</p>
<p>Nice work! Good design and well written. It gives me some ideas for sure.</p><p>(Btw, it's oriented strand board you have used, not chipboard. It's quite a different thing, really. :) )</p>
<p><a href="https://cdn.instructables.com/FQM/3GDD/HY48EJYG/FQM3GDDHY48EJYG.MEDIUM.jpg" rel="nofollow">https://cdn.instructables.com/FQM/3GDD/HY48EJYG/FQM...</a></p><p>this photograph is not complete, has 15 parts. <br><br>You can put the cloth with full parts? <br><br>thank you</p>
<p>Thanks for the idea, I like it.</p>
<p>Absolute excellence from start to finish, I'm very impressed! If you decide to market the kit, I'm very interested!</p>
<p>Sooooo, because I also live in Calgary and we're both on Instructables - does this mean you guys can help me with my project :~) </p><p>Very nice table. Use Baltic Birch - leaving the edges exposed to show the 13 layers and either paint the surfaces or glue laminate on both sides, then route it.</p>
<p>That is really nice! Good job!</p>
<p>Very impressive and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!</p>
<p>Nice job.</p><p>That is not chipboard though, it is <em>Oriented strand board</em> (<em>OSB</em>).</p>
<p>You should precut and package a kit for sale (glass not included). I bet people would buy it.</p>
<p>I agree! I would love having the option to buy this in acrylic, wood, or possibly even chip board!</p>
<p>I completely agree; people would buy it.</p><p>I think this would look especially good cut from plate glass (e.g. with a waterjet cutter). Then you could fill some of the voids in the table with pebbles or something and make it even more awesome.</p>
You really &quot;nailed&quot; it. Beautiful design!
<p>Now this is a project I would love to do. Time to call around to see who has a CNC machine I can use.</p><p>Great job on this.</p>
<p>that makes me want a big cnc mill now, very cool</p>
<p>Wow! What a beautiful piece! </p>
<p>Beautiful. Slicing at the angle made a real work of art out of it. I had no idea how easily that software worked. Time for me to play with 123Dmake and cut some chips on the CNC. </p>
<p>Amazing work! very beautiful.</p>
<p>I think I'm in love... What a beauty..</p>

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