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Introduction to CNC Router Furniture Design

A course by Daniel Romero / Tuux
Industrial designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined February 2019
, Industrial designer

Learn how to design and produce sustainable furniture: from sketch to CAD drawing to the final piece

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (338)
  • 10515 students

Learn how to design and produce sustainable furniture: from sketch to CAD drawing to the final piece

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (338)
  • 10515 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 8m)
  • 21 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Do you want to learn about new ways to design and produce sustainable furniture? Industrial designer and partner at the TUUX studio and production workshop, Daniel Romero is here to help. His studio specializes in product, furniture, interior design, and architecture and they won the Red Dot Design Award in 2019, as well as having their work recognized and selected in three Ibero-American Design Biennials.

In this course, Daniel teaches you the basic concepts of computer-assisted drawing (CAD), focused on production with a CNC flat bed router (CAM). Learn in a practical way all the advantages of this production system, as well as the step-by-step process, and achieve designs with strong and feasible assemblies. Develop a customizable bench without the use of hardware or glue: from the computer drawing to the cutting, to the finish.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. CNC Principles and Materials
  • U3
    U3. CAD drawing principles, most common cut types and CNC router assemblies
  • U4
    U4. Tijuana bench, computer drawing
  • U5
    U5. Bench production
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Daniel as he tells you about his career as an industrial designer, shows you some of his outstanding projects within TUUX, and talks to you about his top references.

Get your first introduction to digital manufacturing, delving into the world of CNC flat bed routers and all the advantages and disadvantages of manufacturing with this method. Learn how a CNC machine works and review the materials that can be used, always keeping in mind to choose renewable ones.

Enter the practical part of the course. Daniel uses Rhinoceros 5, but any CAD program will do. Explore the most common types of CNC cutting and delve into the problems and solutions for the inner corner radii generated by circular cutters. Learn the importance of measuring the material correctly in order to assemble the parts. Then, see the most common assemblies such as the box and pin, and a variant with a wedge.

Start drawing the bench with Rhinoceros (or the software you choose); unlike the assemblies you made, here you can work on the same file until it's ready to be cut. Daniel tells you how to make your design decisions step by step. You can customize your own design to achieve a unique aesthetic.

Adjust the last parameters to send the pieces to be cut, reviewing everything you need to ask your trusted workshop. Finish the course with the basics to venture into creating your own designs and materializing them with the help of a CNC machine.

What is this course's project?

Build a bench with a 7-piece plywood board, half-timbered assemblies, dowels, boxes, and wedges, with no need for glue or hardware for the final assembly. You can intervene or customize the design to your liking.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For those who want to make their ideas happen, instead of leaving them in a drawing or render. For designers, architects, teachers, students, entrepreneurs, or any creative person who wants to understand this manufacturing process.

Requirements and materials

You will need to have basic knowledge of CAD. In this course, the teacher uses a Mac computer with Rhinoceros 5, but you can use whichever CAD software you have, such as Autodesk AutoCAD or Sketchup.

In addition to your computer with the software installed, for the practical part of the workshop, you will need to have access to a CNC router near your home, work, or school to cut your bench. You only need a 1/4 inch type of cutter, we recommend the use of a 5 or 6-inch diameter orbital polisher (for the final details) and 120 and 240 grit sandpaper. Finally, you will need linseed oil to give the furniture an optimal finish.


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Daniel Romero / Tuux

A course by Daniel Romero / Tuux

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Daniel Romero is a Mexican industrial designer and one of the founding partners of TUUX, a design studio with production capabilities oriented to the development of sustainable, coherent, and socially responsible projects, where consumer products as well as interior design projects, architecture, urban interventions, exhibitions, among many others, are developed.

Together with TUUX, he is a partner and advisor to the Mexican Open Design Competition; professor of the design and furniture and ergonomics workshop at CIDI, UNAM; partner and designer of Hecho y Derecho, an online platform for the sale of furniture and accessories; and carries out projects for other companies independently.

His work has been awarded numerous recognitions both individually and through his studio, among them; Winners of the Red Dot Design Award (Germany 2019), selected among the 100 most important Mexican creatives in the world (Forbes Magazine, Mexico), winner and selected in three Latin American Design Biennials (Madrid 2014, 2016, 2018), among many others.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    CNC Principles and Materials

    • Digital manufacturing; CNC What are they and how do they work?
    • Wood, a renewable material; wooden base boards
  • U3

    CAD drawing principles, most common cut types and CNC router assemblies

    • Types of cutting in CNC
    • The problem of internal corners and radii to save the assembly
    • Material measurement and how it affects assemblies
    • Some basic assemblies. Box and spike
    • CNC Assemblies, Case & Wedge Dowel
  • U4

    Tijuana bench, computer drawing

    • Design decisions and first steps of the bench
    • Assemblies, Roughing, and Drawing Details
    • Customize the bench and arrangement of the pieces
  • U5

    Bench production

    • Files for CNC cutting
    • Review and adjustment of details
    • Finish
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to CNC Router Furniture Design

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Introduction to CNC Router Furniture Design. Craft, and Design course by Daniel Romero / Tuux Best seller

Introduction to CNC Router Furniture Design

A course by Daniel Romero / Tuux
Industrial designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined February 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (338)
  • 10515 students