Japanese 3D Puzzle Coffee Table

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Introduction: Japanese 3D Puzzle Coffee Table

About: ♾️ TOOLS TOGETHER is making woodworking and DIY hack videos for people who want to build their own furniture.♾️

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
  • Chisel
  • Sander (or sanding paper)
  • Saw
  • Wood
  • 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.

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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    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.

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    Beautiful piece!

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

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

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

    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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    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.

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

    Thanks! Actually it is not so difficult as it seems.

    This rotating joint is incredible, and the execution is nothing but perfect. Fantastic work.

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    Thank you! I hope somebody will try to make it using my instructions. Can`t wait to see.