GOING WITH THE GRAIN: design an object using sustainable wood

Competition Details

Four by Four Table

by Tom Kaplon

The Four by Four table is a small kitchen or dining room table made from a single sheet of plywood. The table uses no glue and no fasteners, but instead incorporates slotted pieces that fit together like a puzzle. The leg and support structure consists of a pyramidal design in order to ensure proper strength, weight distribution, and structural integrity. Furthermore, all of the components fit onto a single sheet of 4’x 8’ x 1” Appleply; the table top measuring 4 feet by 4 feet, and the remaining components fitting into the remaining 4’ by 4’ square. These dimensions result in an efficient use of the material, with the excess being minimal, yet sufficient for reuse in other projects. The design of the Four by Four table uses the beauty and strength of the plywood in order to create an object that is both functional and attractive. Quite often tables are designed to draw attention to the tabletop; however the Four by Four tables’ beauty lies underneath in the structural construction, smart use of material, and its practicality as a flat-pack piece of furniture.