CNC Furniture




The idea of this Instructable is define a few steps, so you can make your own CNC furniture.

Step 1: Define Your Needs

If you are going to make your own furniture, make it perfect for your needs, for example:

In this case i have an area of 100 x 50 cm and a height of 70 cm, and i need space for my laptop, printer, and little things like tools, or electronic parts.

Step 2: Sketch!

It doesn't have to be a piece of art, you just have to define the idea of how should look,after that add some measures.

This step is essential if you want to have a nice result, if you have more than one idea , draw all of them.

Step 3: Design!

I recommend to design in 3D every part of your furniture ,its the best way to check if there is any error in your idea, also, is a good thing to do if you don't know if your joints are going to work.

For me, cap screw and nut joint works perfect .

Step 4: Cut and Assembly

Self explanatory step i guess, in this stage you should pay attention in the difference between the design and the cut part, for example if you use plywood , often the dimensions will be different, so you can add this "error", to your blueprints 0.7mm or something like that should be enough.

Step 5: Finishing

Finishing is important! , furniture will last longer with a good finishing, there is a lot of wood finishing products that you can use, and is everything about your needs , colors , texture, brightness, humidity or UV protection, etc.

I prefer to use linseed oil because, the wood doesn't lose the texture and keep the pores open.

Step 6: Check If Everything Works Fine

In this step you have to see if your master piece is what you want, if you have any problem in this stage you should re-design or adjust any dimension error that you could have, its often enough cut a little bit of wood to make everything join nicely.



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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Thank you for the excellent tutorial! I have question about step 3. In the third picture, you have the cuts figured out for the cap screw and nut joints, did you draw each of these by hand, or is there a way in which the software will place and size the cuts for you? Thank you, Adam

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi, thanks! , mmm i did one of each part of the joint by hand, then copy and paste. i really don't know if there is a better way to do that i you find one please share :) .


    Reply 2 years ago

    Okay, thank you. I've seen some parametric box designers online, so I was wondering if you were able to use something like that. I'll keep you posted if I find anything that does the trick. --Adam


    2 years ago

    could you please share software names used for 3d and 2d images?

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi!, Solidworks or inventor for the 3D, Autocad or Ilustrator for the 2D :)


    2 years ago

    Looks great!