// 3D PUZZLE FURNITURE // Coffee Table

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Introduction: // 3D PUZZLE FURNITURE // Coffee Table

About: My name is Anna-Liisa, I am a DIY woodworker and spoon carver from Berlin. I design solid wood puzzle furniture and I also run workshops for Wood Sisters in Berlin. Why sisters? Because my own non-scientific s…

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Build a 3D puzzle couch table

3D puzzle furniture is for people who want to play with their furniture. It is made of little puzzle pieces and everyone can build it. In this tutorial I teach you how to build all the puzzle pieces for the 3D puzzle couch table.

We wanted to design furniture for people who want to build their own furniture. This puzzle furniture is easily movable and will not take too much space. This is very good in case you want to move or you`d like to storage it.

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YOU WILL NEED

Clamps https://amzn.to/2M13SBN
Sander plus 120- and 180-grit sanding pads https://amzn.to/2ztGuog
Circular saw or table saw https://amzn.to/2P7vDFr
Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Milling router https://amzn.to/2DZjhOJ
Wood chisel https://amzn.to/2Sc1xCs


The video was filmed with following equipments:

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Lens 1 https://amzn.to/2DMEM4i
Lens 2 https://amzn.to/2DMEM4i
Field monitor: https://amzn.to/2DMEM4i
Tripod: https://amzn.to/2DMEM4i The video was filmed with following equipment:


Step 1: Cutting the Puzzle Pieces

  • Cut 41 pieces for the table top. 30 x shorter (1020 x 30 x 10) and 11 x longer (450 x 30 x 10) puzzles.
  • Cut 4 pieces for table top frame.

Step 2: Milling the Table Top Puzzle Pieces

Step 3: Milling the Table Top Frame and Legs

You do not necessary have to own a milling router for milling the parts. It is also possible to mill with the saw or by hand with the chisel. We are using a milling router and I had to build for every piece a jig.

Step 4: Sanding All the Pieces

Sand before taking the puzzle pieces out of the jig. You will save time by doing so.
Then sand all the pieces one by one.

Step 5:

This is the step where we allowed ourselves to be very creative with tools by using a wrench for smoothing the corners and sculpting the wood. This is the heart of the Japanese lock. If you have a better idea to sculpt the wood then please leave us a comment!

Step 6: Finishing the Pieces

We use the seamless oil for finishing. But you can also use polisher for more shinier effect.

Step 7: Assembling the Frame and the Legs

If you have done everything precisely then it should not be difficult to put all the pieces together
If there is some impreciseness then use a sanding paper to fix them and try again.

Step 8: Table Top Puzzleing

Assemble the table top by gently using a hammer. Be careful because you don`t want to break the puzzle pieces.

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    23 Comments

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    michael.j.feierstein

    You say Woodworking without screws, yet I clearly see screws in your router jig in the first minute of the video!! Ha! Just being a Jerk! Beautiful workmanship! Congrats on the Contest win!

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    rbclima
    rbclima

    2 years ago

    Beautiful piece!

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    2 years ago

    Great job! The way the joints you made for the table legs go together is kind of mind-blowing, how they fit together perfectly. Just want to let you know I think you used a bit too many transitions in the video, that chromatic aberration starts giving me a slight eye ache after a while :)

    How much time did you spend cutting with the router? I wonder if it would take less time going with a circular saw, or even with a dado blade in a tablesaw (I don't have one).

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 2 years ago

    ...And I see you live in Europe, I think they're illegal there... :(

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    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi!

    Thanks for watching the Video and commenting. I´m sorry for the eye ache. We are still working on our video editing style, so all kind of feedback is precious for us.
    I spent quite a long time cutting the router. But I also had to film it, so I made several pauses etc. Plus the time spent on figuring out the next steps. It took about 4 days but I´m sure it should be done quicker. I hope somebody will try my instructions and will say how long it took without all these extra time robbers :P
    I have given a thoughts about doing all the work with the circular saw but it would probably take way more time and I did not want to give it a try. We have also thought about CNC router though.

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 2 years ago

    Just turns the "wow" into an "enough!" :)

    I think with a dado blade/stack it would've taken a maximum of a few hours. I have no idea.

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    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    Reply 2 years ago

    I think I misunderstood your question. Actually I was talking about the whole process. If you meant only the cutting the puzzle pieces then it would also be few hours.

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    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    Reply 2 years ago

    Actually I was talking about the whole process. If you meant only the cutting the puzzle pieces then it would also be few hours.

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    stevemoseley
    stevemoseley

    2 years ago

    Excellent project and video. I love the look of the table. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

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    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    Reply 2 years ago

    Great! We are working on our next project.... Hope to show you that soon.

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    MichaelP569
    MichaelP569

    Question 2 years ago

    This turned out beautifully! I'd love to see more detail on how you rigged your set up to make the latticework. I have tried to make them before and failed miserably.

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    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    Answer 2 years ago

    Thanks for this idea. We might start making bonus videos about the jig building. It`s nothing too difficult.

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    MarcioWilges
    MarcioWilges

    2 years ago on Introduction

    While the final look of this bench looks really nice due to the intricacy of the pattern, I imagine that sitting on this bench is going to be really quite painful for your bottom. If it's a table, it might make sent to put a glass top on it and figure out a way to keep it from moving about so that you can preserve the look but not worry about utensils or food falling through all the little holes at the end of the day!

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    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you for this comment. We have thought about adding a glass layer on the top of the table. But not sure about that too... We really like the minimalist look. But you are right, this table is not meant for people who eat in the living room :) A coffee cup will do, we tested it.

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    moon510
    moon510

    Question 2 years ago on Step 8

    Very beautiful craft work worth a prize ! Is it sitable or is it a room decor?

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    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    Answer 2 years ago

    Thank you! It is a couch table. A cup of coffee and a plate with a cake will not fall through the table plate but smaller stuff would. This table is also not suitable for drawing/writing. But you could consider covering it with a glass plate.

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    dirtgirl22
    dirtgirl22

    2 years ago

    I think you have the info backwards... shouldn't it be 11 longer and 30 shorter???

    This table is beautiful... thank you for sharing the info.

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    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    Reply 2 years ago

    Indeed! Thank you for this comment I corrected the info error.

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    2 years ago on Step 8

    Very intricately done. You've got patience. Good job.