A floating table. Huh?
A floating table? What the Hell is a floating table, you ask?
Tensegrity is not a new concept. However, it is a very cool idea when it comes to woodworking. It is almost like a magicians’ illusion that many people can’t quite wrap their head around what they are seeing.
In most woodworking projects using tensegrity, like our table, the ilusion is that their is a table top, a table base, and no solid legs or supports connecting them to support the table top. Instead, you see something like chains in place of legs.
Of course, that isn’t possible, because chains would collapse in this scenario, right? Right. Or, maybe not. After all, chains are flexible in a sense, so they can’t just stand straight up and support something, right? Right. Or maybe not.
Yet, here we are, looking at just that; chains standing upright and supporting a good amount of weight.
Someone said there are hidden wires, There aren’t. Solid chain? Nope. Secret this or hidden that. Don’t think so.
It is nothing more than engineering that seemingly defies logic. In reality, it isn’t too hard to understand, but I’ll leave that up to you to research it own your own if you like.
Our table was made from a shipping crate. We didn’t worry too much about the end look as we just wanted a working prototype in place. I did intentionally place the “Fragile” boards on the top though, just for a touch of color.
Now that we have this done, we’ll look into some different styles and designs and see what we can come up with. We already have some ideas. Too many, actually.
And if you understand how it works, let us know.