Joints by Nathan Wierink



More from Ontwerpduo: Nathan Wierink exhibited a table with decorative joints at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show as part of Dutch Design Week, which ended yesterday.


The mahogany table is manufactured using a CNC router, which allows more complex joints to be made than are possible with traditional hand tools.


"In the past the joinery was all made by hand," explains Wierink. "For this it was kept relatively simple. With the present day machines it is possible to make these joints faster and more accurate."


See more from the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show in our previous story. More from Ontwerpduo here.


Here's some text from Ontwerpduo:


Designer: Nathan Wierink
Department: Man & Activity
Project: Joints

Wood joinery is functional. In the past the joinery was all made by hand. For this it was kept relatively simple. With the present day machines it is possible to make these joints faster and more accurate. Joinery made in this way is decorative as well as functional.

With this in mind there were several ways to go. The idea lends itself for different options such as child furniture with the joinery being a story, a more technical approach where the joint itself is the instruction manual. Or a subtle visual joy where the joints are beautiful and functional.

The result is a desk completely made with a CNC Router. With the joints as the decorative element in it. The desk is designed to show the joinery and give it prominent place, it is an example of how this idea of joinery can be implemented in many different ways.

Materials: mahogany
Dimensions: 74cm x 120cm x 60cm (h x w x d)

Posted on Monday October 27th 2008 at 4:10 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • K. Rimane

    beautiful details.

  • Awesome use of CNC!

  • Azeem

    Impressive stuff, Hope there is more to come !! Excellent.

  • cdamordakai

    curious detailed, quite elaborated and funny.
    makes it simple while overlooking but interesting when paying attention.

  • gaque

    this is FANTASTIC! beautiful work. lets see more…otherwise im stealing the idea!

  • kingmu

    this useful object is exceedingly satisfying.

  • cpcp

    love the detailing. i want one.

    its all about the details people!

  • sufin

    getting better this dezeen.. good design. Yes DESIGN….

  • iamreply

    This is inefficient and not very beautiful at all. look at the piece as a whole. it is awkward and immature

  • cpcp

    errr…. i think quality of joinery and wood detailing, including the way legs meet top table surface, is outstanding.

    immature/awkward is a little undeserved. Maybe it needs more work and dvelopment, perhaps the legs need a bit more width to them, but I think its a great concept and use of CNC.

    As for the ineficiency remark – a few extra joint details is hardly going to make a difference -think about how much energy is used in laser cutting/processing and surface treating aluminium. Not to mention getting the alu out of the rock in the first place…
    get some perspective

  • Rory

    iamreply = hater

  • bald skull

    agreed, it is all about the details. creative and unique!

  • REn

    hater = passionate

  • Tue

    it’s a brilliant idea, but i tend to agree with iamreply, the overall formal language is very crude.
    i would suggest taking the idea of CNC cut joinery to the max, and compose all surfaces like a jigsaw puzzle.

  • Atticus

    beautiful craftsmanship! I love when a man can control a robot to give him precisely what he wants, well done!

  • Jose

    I hope this inspires all the cabinetmakers of the world to see that a CNC can actually let you do classy stuff, and not just “futuristic” furniture

  • Rich

    So cute!

  • mikaël

    Hate to be a downer but the main reason why decorative wood joinery (yep it’s been around for a while now) isn’t cut like this is that wood moves in different directions depending on hygrometric variations. In my professional opinion. it does look cute, but my architectural woodworking and CNC experience tells me this table wont be around in two years as a table form, maybe as a pile of cool dutch looking cnc milled planks, so Jose, you are so right when you say this isn’t futuristic, cuz it got no future.

  • bob

    Those joints might look a little funny when the wood starts to move during weather changes.
    but a great start to a fantastic idea.

  • Joints madden by masters. Nothing will happen during weather changes.

  • AltMaster is right. All the grain is going in harmonious directions that as the wood breathes or changes with the weather (humidity vs. dry) it will hold together just fine.

  • That is a really nice table. I love the joints and the details. I think something more could have been done with the legs though, like put a split down it so it has a doubled up look like the table top has. Other than that though great piece.

  • The attention paid to the joinery is fantastic. Really impressive craftsmanship. I agree with the point Oak tables has made in that a doubled up look on the legs would have just added a very modern twist on its appearance. But at the same time i guess you would need to consider stability in such a design change.

  • Great, if it's a result of using a CNC especially.