Eiffel Tower

I searched and for some reason can’t find anyone who’s made the Obrary Eiffel Tower. That can’t be right. What is going on?! Anyway, here it is taped together and pre paint job- my French speaking daughter wants to paint it glittery gold.


Oh that is just amazing!


Wow, gorgeous! :grinning:


Wow is right.
I wish I had seen this last week. I could not find a good tower to make a gift with and reinvented it from a fuzzy blue print.

Will set the plans aside in case another tower is needed I suppose.


Learn from my dumb mistake. I tried making this earlier in the week and tried scaling it down to be a bit smaller. That of course does not work because the thickness of the wood doesn’t change along with the scaling of the design. 1/8 inch is 1/8 inch no matter what I do in my computer. So, keep the design at its 1 unit= 1mm scale.


This is lovely!


Great work!


Glad you posted this. I had forgotten about Obrary entirely and there were a few designs I had thought to try out. I had assumed they were all tested files though.

Now I will go there with my eyes open, Examination of these tower files shows 3 different thickness of lumber.
If I ever decide to go through it and make it all into .145 or something, I may as well try to shrink it while I am at it.

Note: Obrary files are great for tinkering, since almost all use the share license shown below.

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
for any purpose, even commercially.

Under the following terms:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
ShareAlike. If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

The files I downloaded were set at 3.2mm (.126") on the slots using autoCAD. Units were undefined. Came out a touch loose fitting- will need glue to stay together. FWIW.

Holy bajeezus! Well Done!


Apologies in advance for a newbie question, but how do I use or convert the Obrary .dxf file for use with the Glowforge? Or, is there a better source for an Eiffel Tower for Glowforge?

Yours looks AMAZING!

Hi, not a problem at all. I had to start from scratch as well… not any design background. Still feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing! You can import a .dxf or .dwg (AutoCAD) file directly into Illustrator. If you’re using a free/opensource application, I don’t know if those have that capability. When you import, a dialogue comes up asking how you want to import. You have to make sure the project imports at 100% 1 unit = 1mm. I’ll attach the converted SVG files here, they should be ready to print, but you’ll have to arrange the pieces to fit on your material. I’ll also attach a pic of the finished version my daughter and I did. She found a bronze paint she really liked. The tile is (of course) also GF, taped, printed, and painted with gold glitter spray paint. Good luck! Eiffel Tower.zip (93.4 KB)


I should also add that we glued it all together with Gorilla super glue- the gel kind is pretty awesome for getting the glue exactly where you want it. And the slots where the tabs fit are supposed to be a little too wide to accommodate the slanted angle of the pieces. This isn’t a press fit kind of project because of the angles. Just glue where the wood contacts wood and you’ll be golden!


You can open DXF files in Inkscape (although I think it prefers the R14 version so depending on how the DXF was saved it might come in a bit wonky and you’ll need to fix some lines & such).

Used the same design in a moment of boredom, using 3mm acrylic and draft board.


Great build. Congratulations!

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Maybe this is a dumb question but is there any directions on putting the base together ??

No treble

That is beautiful.

Thank you for sharing the Inkscape files, however I got into a problem where the file EIFFT 1 is not in the correct scale relative to the other two files. So the base structure doesn’t fit the tower. Could you please share the EIFFT 1 file again? Thank you.