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!