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A "FLOATING" Table Build That Shouldn't Work!

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A "FLOATING" Table Build That Shouldn't Work!

John Malecki Tackles the Impossible Challenge of Building a Floating Table

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Jun 30, 2020

In my newest build, I will revisit my last Impossible floating table and build another IMPOSSIBLE Tensegrity Table. This time I test out how much weight it can hold! I use metal and wood in this one to beef it up and help it become more structurally sound. This project does come with a few hiccups, but it was a lot of fun to build!

So follow me as I take on this seemingly impossible challenge! If you’re following along at home or want to try it out for yourself, be sure to take a look at my step-by-step instructions below.

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Floating Table Build: Project Overview

Challenging DIY Wood Project for Builders Everywhere

Cutting wood
  1. Cut parts out of the plasma
  2. Mock up the table using cardboard
  3. Weld the parts together
  4. Cut the top of the table
  5. Create mounting and hidden holes for the wires
  6. Hang up the pieces

What You’ll Need

a men mapping wood

Tools 

Materials

  • Stainless Steel Braided Wire
  • Metal
  • Bondo Wood Filler
  • Braided Cable

FLOATING Table Build That Shouldn’t Work: The Step-by-Step

Cut parts out of the plasma

a men working on his workstation

First, you’re going to start out by cutting out metal parts from the plasma. Your cut-outs are going to become on the new table. To keep it stable, you should stitch weld a spine down the center. Once you are finished, you will need to strength test it. 

Mock up the table using cardboard

Preparing Floating Table

Using some cardboard and tape, go ahead and make a mockup of the table. This will help you figure out the exact shapes and measurements you will need for it. By taking off the parts and placing them into fusion, you can accurately measure them. Once you are finished, you can have the CNC cut all of them. 

Weld the parts together

a men marking wood

Once you have cut out all of the metal pieces, it’s time to start welding them together. After you finish piecing them together, you can ground and clean them up with some Bondo® Wood Filler. This will prevent the interior corners from developing gaps or filling up with paint. 

Cut the top of the table

Mapping wood

I cut a bow-tie in-laid piece for the blank top of my table. This top will help stabilize the table.

Create mounting and hidden holes for the wires

Mapping wood

Start by creating the mounting for the bottom plate. When you have finished building your base, it’s time to drill in the hidden holes for the wires. If you want to be a clown like me, drill the holes in after you applied paint to the pieces. 

Hang up the pieces

Finalizing the Floating Table

Now, it’s time to test out the table. I played “How much can this table hold?” with some random crap including a tub of glue, a bucket of paint, a 5-gallon bottle of water, and a 53 lb kettlebell. In the end, I managed to fit a solid 100 lb of weight on this insane FLOATING table.


Thanks for checking out this build! If you liked it, be sure to check out some of my other recent projects:

Download the Plan

Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.

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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!