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I've seen a video of a table that can walk, I really wanted one but I couldn't find one for sale, so I thought "Hey, I'm an engineering student, I'll make one!" But when i started out the search for the plans to the walking table I quickly realized that there were absolutely zero plans. So I had no choice but to make one myself starting from scratch. With some reverse-engineering, engineering, imagination, and basic shop skills it can be done with a bunch of time it can be done. Plus you're going to have pretty a kick ass table.

Just letting you know, I did this project at school in my dorm room and in the shop with whatever materials I could find. I made this table out of wood but I really want to make this using a 3D printer!

Here's a video of the mechanical legs operating to demonstrate its awesomeness.


Video of the Walking Table in action!!


UPDATE: Video of Walking Table in action with the installed update to reduce
sliding on the tile floor
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
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About 14 ft of 1"x2" Pine Wood  
About 8 ft of  2"x3" Pine Wood   
About 13 ft of  2"x4" Pine Wood  
About 3 ft of  1"x4" Pine Wood   
About 16 ft of 3/8" Threaded Round Rod               
About 10 ft of 1/2" PVC               
Old piece of plywood 24"x48"x3/4"
Box of 3/8" Washers
Box of 3/8" Nuts
(4) 3/8"x3" Bolts
1-1/2 Wood Screws
2" Wood Screws
Tape Measure/Ruler
Pencil/Sharpie
Pliers
Drill Press/Hand Drill
3/8" Drill Bit
Band Saw/Hand Saw/Circular Saw/Dremel
Belt Sander/Sand Paper 
Wood Stain

wesmann6692 months ago

Could you make the legs longer if you wanted to??

i don't like when someone claims that something he made is awesome....but this...this IS REALLY *!@"/?% AWESOME MAN!!!!!:D:D
bfk1 year ago
I probably saw the same video you did. I also asked the same question you did. The only difference was, when I did an internet search, I came up with the plans... And great plans they are. Thank you Boston09... Go Bruins!
nnix11 year ago
Boston09 thanks for posting this. It's just superb. I have never seen one and I am so excited to make this that I m going to home depot rgt after posting this. Ur instru are good and u taken extra steps with diff colors to make it as simple as one can. Thnks for making this available.
Is your table similar in design as http://www.strandbeest.com/ his creations. Totally amazing.
I think this is awesome !! Do you have a dxf file of this?
boston09 (author)  Dantheplasticman1 year ago
I'm sorry, I do not have a dxf file yet
Do you have any file?AI, PDF, or Sat? Also how stury is it left to right? I am thinking about building an out door "walking" picnic table so we can move it around the yard easier.
You made a walking table and you didn't make a video of it walking!?!
boston09 (author)  fungus amungus1 year ago
Its now posted, sorry it was a bad week at school
qewt1 year ago
Fantastic! Add a video of it walking please? I can't conceive of how that would look. And I want to make this :)

boston09 (author)  qewt1 year ago
So sorry that it took me so long to add the video, I had a rough school week. But they are posted now
Kiteman1 year ago
So... where's the video of it walking??
boston09 (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
So sorry everybody! I've been swamped with school work. I'll post the video as soon as I can!
... and I see it's now there. Awesome!
Yes, I would also like to see this walking table.
Agreed! So cool! I want to see it walking :)
i dont think its the same?
If you've seen one walking table then you've seen all of them.
The video is not the same but the concept is.
The author says, in the very first sentence, that he was inspired by a video he saw...
What an interesting idea, and it doesn't make that awful Finger nails down a blackboard screech as you drag it across the floor.
Beergnome1 year ago
so.. .strange.. fabricated.. by.. hand?

with actual tools and wood?
leaning_r1 year ago
http://hight3ch.com/scary-walking-table/
mikaleda1 year ago
I want to see it walk!
xprosario1 year ago
Good. I wanted to know how they could do after seeing this.
rippa7001 year ago
Fantastic! Well done - it looks awesome and an major design achievement and a good ible too. Would be really great to have a video of it walking as a finished table so we can see it in action. Well done - love it!
beecroft1 year ago
Theo Jansen's Strandbeests:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSKyHmjyrkA
Trevor541 year ago
A wonderful piece of engineering - congratulations!

Now, I've got this invention; I call it a "castor"......
lbrewer421 year ago
OK...

My first thought was, "What in the WORLD would someone want to make a table that walks for?"

Now after looking at the youtube video posted by pfred2, I feel dumb for not having thought of why.

Very cool - very handy - but I think I would forget one day and try to lean against it... oops!

Great job - thanks for posting.
damianzuch1 year ago
Wow man, this is really great. Congrats! And that's a superb Instructable, really good photos and well-documented. You have checked out the walking mechanics of Theo Jansen's Strandbeests? Anyway, amazeballz - this is awesome!
fire21501 year ago
Dude that's sweet
Ottoclav1 year ago
How do you make it walk?
lime3D1 year ago
Yeah, seriously, post a video of it walking.