Modern Coffee Table - Origami




Introduction: Modern Coffee Table - Origami

About: Hi, my name is Martin. I'm an immersed industry professional, a skilled problem solver and an organizational whiz with a creative eye for function and design.

Update: You can also request for OrigamiShop Drawings & Woodworking Kit

Origami coffee table is now in production and we are happy to share couple of images with you of the fabrication process. We always feel it’s important to give you a bit of “behind the scenes” insight. This particular coffee table is being locally made for a client near Mavis & Eglinton st. in Mississauga, Ontario.

1. Material choice
Based on the client’s requirement to keep the price as low as possible, we decided to choose more affordable material. Her preference was light wood material and after a couple of samples reviewed, she chose cherry wood with a clear lacquer finish.

2. The gluing process
Once the wood was planed down to a specific thickness and glued-up, it was ready for the table saw.

3. The cutting process
It is the specific angle cutting that gives the Origami coffee table its unique look. If you are an experienced woodworker, feel free to request for detailed shop drawings or Origami Kit that we have in a very near future plans. 

Note: Origami plans are under new revision now to make them more suitable to community users. We are not ready to release them yet. We want to prevent the confusion that would result into fabrication errors. Originally we were not aware that detailed shop drawings were required in order to post on Origami requires some precise woodworking & very detailed information to successfully complete it.

4. The assembly
Assembly requires a professional touch and woodworking experience to make sure everything works just right. Slight inaccuracies may create many problems with the glass hardware and the table can also lose its beauty & intricate simplicity.

5. Jig drilling
Once the wood is cut and wood base is assembled, a drilling jig will help us to make an accurate hole for glass hardware. After that, everything is ready for the glass top that goes on top of it.



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    There's enough here for anyone with even casual woodworking skills; i.e., able to operate a table saw, to build one. This is hardly rocket science. That said, a beautiful design.

    So Etobic, why not offer a kit? Be the IKEA of origami furniture. Sell the pre-cut, unfinished wood pieces along with the support posts. Offer a version where the end of the posts has a silicone disk so you would not have to have holes in the glass. That way people could get a glass slab locally to finish their table.

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    Exocetid, thanks for pointing it out - I was under same impression. This is hardly rocket science.

    About the kit. Not a bad idea - I'm gonna give it a serious thought. I'm just not sure about glass being only on silicon sited of having it bolted through. hmm... thanks so much for your constitutive feedback.

    Too all woodworkers - Please get is touch with us about the Drawings & Kit here

    Thsi table appears to be very unstable, particularly with so much thin glass being unsupported. The corners without direct support would seem to tip over if more than a cup of coffee were placed there.

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    if u look at a previous comment and also look at the pictures you would see that the glass is bolted by the 2 silver pole to the wood base. also, i believe breaking would not be a problem if a heavy gauge glass was used

    While the table is very nice, I don't think this is an instructable - more of a 'behind the scenes' for your customers

    Actually you can click on all the images from the plans, and while small (you can get a slightly larger yet still small but a bit more readable by clicking on the image in the main pane of the viewer), are readable so as to get the dimensions and cuts right and ratios of resizing. As such, I'd say that he is giving the plans to those here who decide to not run away at seeing the price (yes, I very nearly fell victim to that myself,) however curiosity got the best of me and I clicked the image of the plans and lo' and behold, not great, but good enough to work from! SCORE! I suspect this was deliberate as sort of a nod to the community here. So while he couldn't post the steps and images here, a means was given. I sure hope that by revealing this I'm not ruining it in the process, but the naysayers had to be addressed. This is really cool and while not an instructable proper, the powers that be liked it enough to feature it (maybe they noticed what I did?)

    Oh well, enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    not exactly, by following there thumbnails you may get nowhere as I used fake sizes there for experts like you :) ...just wanna save you headaches.

    I'm kind a new to instructable and I was not aware that you have to give them out for free ( even though I spent months on them :-1 ) I didn't mean to brake any rules of this community, but what the hack, if you guys really want to build it I'm willing to make an exception here.

    Those who are really into making it shoot me an email at to obtain a coupon to make it a free download. All I'm asking in return are images of your fabrication results. Fair enough?

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