Introduction: Japanese 3D Puzzle Coffee Table
3D puzzle furniture is designed so that you can always take it in smaller pieces and storage or move easily. It makes sense if you prefer living in the rental apartment and you rather want to invest money and time in furniture which is easily movable.
Things you need:
- Milling router
- Sander (or sanding paper)
- Protective oil
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.
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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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.
Thanks for this idea. We might start making bonus videos about the jig building. It`s nothing too difficult.
Very beautiful craft work worth a prize ! Is it sitable or is it a room decor?
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.