The idea behind this effort was to explore: how much can technology enhance skills that we are missing.
I am definitely not a carpenter, am not very good at building stuff or general craftsmanship. So I wanted to explore, can tech help me design and build furniture. Furniture that is functional, and looks good enough for me to be able to put it in the living room 🤔.
With those preconditions set, I was off to design and build a toy cupboard.
The cupboard was to be made of wood. But since I am not skilled in assembling (or cutting) the wood, I decided to print out connectors that would hold the parts in place. The idea was to have boards precut, and then to assemble them with connectors – like Lego 🙂
This is what I wanted to build:
And this is how it turned out:
I used Tinkercad to design and draw the pieces.
I designed against standard 18mm wood plank:
- Board height: 18mm
Tinkercad project: Furniture
Wood Spec and Cutting
I used standard size wood boards. Shop where I bought the boards did all the cutting.
- Height: 18mm
- Width: 300mm
To assemble the cupboard you will need 24 pieces: 18 skeleton and 6 for background covers.
My boards were 300mm in width and 18mm in height.
9xA = 300mm*300mm*18mm
2xB = 318mm*300mm*18mm
6xC = 327mm*300mm*18mm
1xD = 336mm*300mm*18mm
6xE = 298mm*300mm*18mm
To connect the boards and connectors, I used regular wood glue. It worked quite good.
Group all boards
Arrange printed pieces in the order you will use them
And then start assembling layer by layer
And it’s done 🙂
Don’t forget to attach it to the wall. Like with any standing furniture, for safety reasons, always attach them to the wall.
- 3D Printer and Filament
- Tinkercad Intro
- Furniture Tinkercad Project