Transformable Furniture

Designing for twice as much utility with a transformable design: a coffee table that transforms into a full dining table.

 

Roles:  concept design, CNC tool path design, fabrication, construction, photography

 
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This is a transformable table I designed while learning how to use CNC mill on the Shopbot.  In designing it, I was learning to translate a 3d design into toolpaths, using the CNC to machine parts precisely, and testing the thresholds of machine ready parts vs. the process of post-processing and assembling.   

I learned these processes through custom designing and making a coffee table that could transform into a larger dining table.  With a combination of Rhino and Solidworks, I designed a table that extends in both length and height with the use of two sets of hinges. A big part of the design process was making sure that the tolerances and clearances for both sets of legs were correct.

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As an additional design challenge, most of the joints are inherent in the design itself, through notching and pressfit. The only hardware used in this design are the hinges themselves

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Construction drawings and tool path files:

 

Images from the CNC milling and construction process:

 
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