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Interior Design Ideas: Four Woodworking Projects You Can Custom Build with CNC Machines

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Today, it is easier than ever before to create bespoke wooden interior design features and furniture thanks to CNC machinery. Computer Numerical Control tools can be used with various materials, including different woods, and provide high-precision quality finishes. The process begins by creating custom designs with a computer-aided design program. Once the design is complete, it can be turned into G-code, so that the CNC machine can understand the instructions and proceed with automatically making the desired piece. If you want to transform a home’s interior with uniquely designed wooden pieces, here are four woodworking projects you can consider custom building.

First Things First 

Before you start making items, you need to ensure you have a designated workspace and the right tools. If you do not have a workshop, you can use your garage or even a spare room as your workspace. When it comes to using the right tools, various CNC machinery can aid you in crafting wooden items but one of the best is a CNC router. Furthermore, a CNC wood router does not have to cost the earth, because you can find plenty of previously used routers that are just as good as brand-new ones. Used CNC routers from leading brands like Poseidon, Vortech, and Morbidelli are all available in Revelation Machinery’s store, and they are available in a broad range of lengths and capacities. Now, let us take a look at the kind of interior design woodwork features and furniture you can make.

A Wooden Ceiling

By using a CNC router, you can completely transform a ceiling from being a dull and flat surface that is barely noticed into a key feature of a room that ties together the other wooden items you use in the design. You could opt for a 3D relief applique or even consider something like parquet, which is usually reserved for floors. A wood ceiling can be as intricate or simple as you like. It can also be the ideal setting for a chandelier. If you want to create some old-world charm, you should certainly consider using a wooden design for a ceiling.

Modillions and Cornices

Modillions are ornate brackets that support cornices. If you are considering using cornices and modillions as design features inside a room rather than as exterior architectural support elements, you can create some intricate and aesthetically pleasing designs with CNC tools to give a room with high ceilings a stylish and sophisticated flair.

Jali Room Partitions

 CNC tools can cut out intricate patterns from workpieces to give wooden items an extra aesthetic quality that oozes luxury. One of the hottest new trends in interior design is the Indian Jali design, which is a lattice-like pattern. The design can be used on all kinds of features and furniture, such as wall panels, ceiling panels, and bed frames. The Jali design is particularly striking on a room partition. With a CNC-created Jali-design partition, you can create a customized contemporary flavor for any room.


 The right table in a space can really pull together an interior design theme, whether it is a long dining table in the kitchen or a striking coffee table in the lounge. You can create bespoke tables in any shape, size, or style with CNC tools. You could even consider a wall-mounted desk to make a space roomier. At the end of the day, the precise design is down to you, so go wild with your imagination to make a truly customized table that can act as the centerpiece of your interior.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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