How to Make Floating Tensegrity Table

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Introduction: How to Make Floating Tensegrity Table

HI! Tooday i will show you how i made a Floating Tensegrity Table. It's Floating Coffee Table or you can use it as bedside table. This post will go step by step of the process i undertook to build this mind bending project. Hope you will like it!

Step 1:

"Tensegrity, tensional integrity or floating compression is a structural principle based on a system of isolated components under compression inside a network of continuous tension, and arranged in such a way that the compressed members (usually bars or struts) do not touch each other while the prestressed tensioned members (usually cables or tendons) delineate the system spatially."

For this project i used:

- Round wood cutting Board/ Diameter 300 mm - 2 pieces.

- Pine Board 18*30*2000mm - 1 piece.

- Steel Wire Rope, Vinyl Coated 2mm.

- Expansion with Round Hook (6 x 30 mm) 10 pieces.

- Paper clips

- Glue for wood

Tools that i used:
- Electric screwdriver

- Orbital sander

- Japanese saw

- Clamp

- Wolfcraft jig

Step 2:

I drew a table in the size of 1:1. It is very convenient to measure the details and make accurate measurements

Step 3:

I used a protractor to set precise angles. I sawed with a Japanese saw. It makes a very precise and accurate cut. then I applied the part to my drawing and made the next cut

Step 4:

To connect the parts, I cut out half the depth of the pine Board, and then glued them together with wood glue. Pressed with clamps and left the glue to dry for several hours.

Step 5:

When the glue dried, I made a marking and drilled holes for mounting on Dowel Pins. I used 8 mm Dowel Pins. I also added wood glue and left it to dry for a few hours.

Step 6:

When the glue dried, I cut the dowel pins with a Japanese saw. I mixed sawdust and wood glue. I got wood filler. I filled all the cracks with it, waited for the wood filler to dry, and then sanded it with a grinding tool.

Step 7:

To connect the table legs and table top, I drilled holes for dowel pins. Then I added wood glue and glued the table top and table leg together. Left the glue to dry for several hours.

Step 8:

I sanded the table top with sandpaper. I covered it with Watco Danish Oil linseed oil

Step 9:

To connect 2 parts of my table together, I used a steel cable. I have a red cable, but you can take a transparent cable. Then the effect of levitation will be stronger. I used paper clips to connect the cable. To do this, I straightened them, and then wrapped them around the cable.

Step 10:

It remains to mark the holes for attaching the steel cable. I will use Expansion with Round Hook.

Step 11:

the table can support a weight of 5 kg. Maybe more, but I didn't dare to check :)

Step 12:

The final result! This is a fantastic table I got! I hope you liked it. you can find more information in my video. If you have any questions, ask them in the comments. I will be happy to answer them!

3 People Made This Project!

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12 Comments

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crystalwhistle24
crystalwhistle24

6 months ago

does it matter how long the cables are? what lengths (approximately) did you use and do you have any tips for making sure they're the same length after making the loops?

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Hayden Spiers
Hayden Spiers

8 months ago

I really like it! I am interested in these types of things. looking forward to making it

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24Hz
24Hz

10 months ago

kids offering help! I know about that :D Awesome project!

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Graeme L
Graeme L

10 months ago

I was confused by the name you used for the cable fixing hardware until I looked at the photos. Usual name for them in UK is "cup hooks" (no matter what actual size they are)

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jonfromgraham
jonfromgraham

10 months ago

Where did you get that centering drilling jig for the edge of boards? I searched for it online and haven't found it so far.

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harnischben
harnischben

Question 11 months ago

Hey. I wanna build one of these for my art class and I was interested if you could tell me how much you paid for the whole think excluding the tools because in already got those at home

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Polkilo
Polkilo

Answer 11 months ago

Hi! Including my tools... I think that will be around 120-140$.

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ThatOnesMans
ThatOnesMans

1 year ago

Would I be able to use fishing line or do I have to stick to the cables. Also, would increasing the diameter of the table top affect the suspension.

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Polkilo
Polkilo

Reply 1 year ago

if you want to increase the diameter of the countertop, than you should use cables. but you can use cables with transparent vinyl film

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SINONING
SINONING

1 year ago

good, i like it.

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

1 year ago

Really nice job on this table! It's crazy seeing it be held sideways :)

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Polkilo
Polkilo

Reply 1 year ago

I'm glad you like it 😉 thank you!