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  • Project Completed - Tensegrity Table

    Completed a tensegrety table, per the attached photos.

    This project was a challenge in several ways. The tensegrety concept seems simple enough, but being able to design and build something is the real proof of understanding.

    The material used for this table is oak flooring, milled down to remove finish, tongue and groove, etc. The best material is what you have on hand! I was interested to see if this wood would be strong enough. The wood is 9/16" thick by 1 3/4" wide.

    The design is roughly based on the one in this YouTube video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TH9qlpcKoo

    Mortise and tenon joints and half lap joints were used, along with a few 1/4" dowels for strength. Glue is Titebond III, since the table is intended for outdoor use. Finish is Australian Timber Oil.

    The top of the table measures 14" x 17 3/4". It sits about 20" high.

    When finished, I was surprised how solid the table was, and how little jiggle.

    Apologies for the poor photography and busy background. And NO, the top is not crooked, that is the poor camera work!

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    Last edited by rfielder; 09-19-2020, 06:34 AM.
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    Re: Project Completed - Tensegrity Table

    Neat.
    Egon
    from
    The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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    • #3

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      Interesting!  Competing forces in balance.

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        This is trés cool!
        Donna,
        Self Imposed Queen of Design Opportunities

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          Re: Project Completed - Tensegrity Table

          Neat idea and very unique.  I haven't seen this before.

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            Re: Project Completed - Tensegrity Table

            Originally posted by Donna H View Post
            This is trés cool!
            Thanks!

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              Originally posted by Egon View Post
              Neat.
              Thanks!

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                Originally posted by GlennS, St Clair Beach View Post
                Neat idea and very unique. I haven't seen this before.
                I have been seeing a lot of these on YouTube for the last couple of months. A summary of five outstanding examples by Belts and Buckles get me interested, and provided the example that I used as inspiration. That can be seen at:
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB34Mo0RTag

                The ones that are really cool IMHO are the ones that use fishing line or somesuch, something that is all but invisible, so that the top half of the table seems to be floating in midair without any support. Thus the name "anti-gravity table" came to be.

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                  Re: Project Completed - Tensegrity Table

                  I, too, have not seen anything like this.
                  But then I've been self-isolating since March 16
                  Noel

                  "Being so impressed with the beauty of nature, I never cease to be amazed at how the
                  'touch of the human hand' can transform it into another kind of beauty that is so uniquely human.
                  "

                  John Snow, Outdoorsman and Retired Teacher

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                    These are everywhere but that doesn't mean it's not cool... Great work.
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                      Re: Project Completed - Tensegrity Table

                      Originally posted by bogmer View Post
                      These are everywhere but that doesn't mean it's not cool... Great work.
                      Thanks!

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                        Re: Project Completed - Tensegrity Table

                        What a fascinating concept. I had never heard of this style of table before so thank you for posting. Great work by the way.
                        My brain hurts!

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                          Originally posted by Dean View Post
                          What a fascinating concept. I had never heard of this style of table before so thank you for posting. Great work by the way.
                          Thanks!

                          Do a search on YouTube for Tensegrity, and you will find lots of examples. I was not aware they were not better known.

                          BTW, Tensegrity is a made-up work, from Tension and Integrity. I suppose it means tension in balance, but I am not sure how you get "balance" from "integrity".

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                            Re: Project Completed - Tensegrity Table

                            That is certainly cool, how does it resist racking?

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                              Originally posted by iamtooler View Post
                              That is certainly cool, how does it resist racking?
                              Not sure what you are asking - how do you mean "racking"?

                              The table is surprisingly stable. It does not jiggle for long when bumped. When picked up and held sideways, it does not sag.

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