Picture of REVOLVE // A hardware-less coffee table

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

Picture of 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.

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moss.chino.75 months ago

very nice

MimArt6 months ago

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!

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Nathaniel S.8 months ago
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
jeanthepig9 months ago

Would you be willing t sharethe Corel Draw file?

Nesserz (author) 9 months 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.

TEN49 months 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!!!

domenic310 months ago

amazing, such a smart design!!

Rowanb6411 months ago
Very cool indeed.
nancyCpants11 months ago
It's a beautiful design, nthing requests for a kit or readable plans.
lo'neill311 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

rs7cai11 months ago


jarikcbol11 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.

nthomas1211 months ago
Super sweet, I think it's time for me take a class in 3d software!!
KUWAN11 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!

dianne15912 months ago
This is so coool. You're amazing
legamin12 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 legamin12 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!"

yannicklecours12 months ago
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) 12 months ago

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

giatros Nesserz12 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 giatros12 months ago

everything is ok!!! my fault!!

nate22re12 months ago

Fantastic design! It is very inspiring.

strooom12 months ago

well done! May I suggest to also submit it to

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

beejay12 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.

diywannaber12 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.

Naugas diywannaber12 months ago

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.

Naugas12 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. :) )

Metalweasel12 months ago
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jdavid2212 months ago

this photograph is not complete, has 15 parts.

You can put the cloth with full parts?

thank you

thaizeal12 months ago

Thanks for the idea, I like it.

Zandoken12 months ago

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

CraigRJess12 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.

Lindie12 months ago

That is really nice! Good job!

Hfly112 months ago

Very impressive and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

yellowcatt12 months ago

Nice job.

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

ridalyn12 months ago

You should precut and package a kit for sale (glass not included). I bet people would buy it.

sybarite ridalyn12 months ago

I agree! I would love having the option to buy this in acrylic, wood, or possibly even chip board!

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