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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.

 
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Step 1: Designing the basic form

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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.

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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
jeanthepig29 days ago

Would you be willing t sharethe Corel Draw file?

msh13531 month ago

hello "Nesserz"

I've designed a prototype of your coffee table with google sketchup software.

123D Make don't avilable in my contry (iran) and i can't work with that .

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I think you use a bit too much segments to build the shape. I like roughness in the design of the original table. You have to look twice before you figure out how it's build and notice the twist in the shape.

Very good job in sketchup nonetheless, its looks good too.

Nesserz (author)  rlievens1 month ago
cool!

Your idea is correct about the number of pieces of my plan.

In these types of plans by increasing the number of parts,the final product will be more beauty

This is just adesign.

There is no problem at the time of picking up the pieces with the use of the c-n-c laser cutting when you have precision in design and size,

I want to make one like this coffee table with sheets of colored MDF and follow the steps to share my work here.

Have a nice days.

Nesserz (author) 1 month ago

:-) 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 Make. It's free.

TEN41 month ago

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!!!

domenic32 months ago

amazing, such a smart design!!

msh13533 months ago

that's nice project. bravo

Rowanb643 months ago
Very cool indeed.
nancyCpants3 months ago
It's a beautiful design, nthing requests for a kit or readable plans.
lo'neill33 months ago

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

rs7cai3 months ago

good

jarikcbol3 months ago

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.

nthomas123 months ago
Super sweet, I think it's time for me take a class in 3d software!!
KUWAN3 months ago

Amazing work. And I agree with ridaly and AJMansfield, you need to make a kit and sale it!

Buy the glass after is much easy than a big CNC mill!

dianne1593 months ago
This is so coool. You're amazing
legamin3 months ago

dagnabbit! I saw one of those machines at a garage sale last week for $100 but thought "I'll just swing by later to see if they'll drop the price"...

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.

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!

astrong0 legamin3 months ago

Best comment on Instructables ever.

"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!"

Wish i had a cnc

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.

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.

You can also get into a Shakebo CNC mill pretty inexpensively, too.

Nesserz (author) 3 months ago

My bad. I forgot to attach the file. I've added it now.

giatros Nesserz3 months ago

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?

giatros giatros3 months ago

everything is ok!!! my fault!!

nate22re3 months ago

Fantastic design! It is very inspiring.

strooom3 months ago

well done! May I suggest to also submit it to OpenDesk.cc

Also take care of your intellectual rights on this - using the right CC-license: you did a great design!

beejay3 months ago

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.

diywannaber3 months ago

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.

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.

Naugas3 months ago

Nice work! Good design and well written. It gives me some ideas for sure.

(Btw, it's oriented strand board you have used, not chipboard. It's quite a different thing, really. :) )

Metalweasel3 months ago
Beautiful
Metalweasel3 months ago
Beautiful
jdavid223 months ago

http://cdn.instructables.com/FQM/3GDD/HY48EJYG/FQM...

this photograph is not complete, has 15 parts.

You can put the cloth with full parts?

thank you

thaizeal3 months ago

Thanks for the idea, I like it.

Zandoken3 months ago

Absolute excellence from start to finish, I'm very impressed! If you decide to market the kit, I'm very interested!

CraigRJess3 months ago

Sooooo, because I also live in Calgary and we're both on Instructables - does this mean you guys can help me with my project :~)

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.

Lindie3 months ago

That is really nice! Good job!

Hfly13 months ago

Very impressive and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

yellowcatt3 months ago

Nice job.

That is not chipboard though, it is Oriented strand board (OSB).

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