Traditional Workbench #2: Updated Sketchup Model

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 01-01-2009 09:15 PM 5360 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I haven’t had much shop time in December due to work related travel/projects and Holiday related travel/activities but I did manage to take the laptop with me and do some off time work on this model.

I decided to add a case of drawers for tool storage and I added all the joinery details.

Here is the SU model.

I am interested in the SU community’s input and critique. Since I am almost positive that DaveR is going to say it is “Heavy” I am waiting for him to explain what that means :)

Click for the full size jpg.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#1 posted 01-01-2009 10:11 PM

impressive, down to the bolts and nuts, SKU on the vises, and the threading of the screws… impressive!

considering all the details that are in the model, and all the components – I didn’t find it heavy at all- meaning that it causes your computer to lag when you pan/orbit/zoom around the model. but it is very responsive and quick. even not considering all the components in it- it was pretty fast still.

nicely done. thats awesome- now I don’t have to sketchup my next bench…. one step down… lol.

I just built my own bench last week, and although it’s a very stripped down version, and not as fancy. I did put a case of drawers under the top, and not only does it make great use of that empty space, it also helps stabilize the entire bench by adding all that physical weight to it and bolts it down to the floor.

looks like a great bench! hope to see it live (photos) sometime.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 12:03 AM

Thanks PurpLev and Dave,

I indicated the source of the shoulder vise in the previous post but for the sake of transparency I'll repeat it here. I did draw the end vise my self using the acme screw from the shoulder vise however.

Thanks for pointing out my origin issue. I think it was just because I started the drawing the top first. I corrected it.

I do have some other models but I already know about their shortcomings because they are some of my early SU work.

A coffee table loosely patterned after the Gamble Entry Hall Table. Here is the model.

A coffee table loosely patterned after the Thorsen Side Board. Here is the model.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#3 posted 01-02-2009 01:55 AM

Wow! Nice work! Maybe we could start a LJ contest: Build one of Scott’s designs before he finishes the nightstands, and get the full set of sketchup drawings free!

I really like the Thorsen coffee table, that would look great in my house…


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#4 posted 01-02-2009 03:16 AM

Chico, nice work! I love that bench….and that table looks cool also! One way to try and control your file size is to remember to purge your drawings before you save them..materiels also. If you drag a component into your drawing and then delete it it still lives in the background and increases your file size unless you purge…Great work…will we be seeing a textured version??


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#5 posted 01-02-2009 05:32 AM

That’s cruel Robb,

And the contestants are . . .

Maybe we could have a contest for longest running project blog LOL

-- Scott - Chico California

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#6 posted 04-04-2009 06:15 PM

I made some modifications to this model and thought I would shamelessly bump it for your review ;)

The link to the model is the latest version and the jpg reflects the changes too.

-- Scott - Chico California

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