TV Entertainment Center #1: SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 1485 days ago 3077 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can’t believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that’s as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 1485 days ago

You gotta Wii!

-- That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” ― Aldous Huxley

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#2 posted 1485 days ago

Go Kathy!

Nice one Steve. Been meaning to slim down the entertainment junk myself. Great video

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 1485 days ago

Steve, How’d a mug such as yourself end up with such a great shop mate?! LOL!! Just kidding! Looks like you are on the road to your new entertainment center. I’ll be watching with bated breath!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Bill Akins

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#4 posted 1485 days ago

So far so good. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Not all the time but once in awhile, I like my wife to get into the shop too. Especially when she asked me to do the project. We have the big, gaudy entertainment center too that we want to replace. I want something smaller, she wants a bigger, gaudier one. Decisions, decisions.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#5 posted 1485 days ago

Great to finally see you’re better 2/3rds. The woman’s got to be a SAINT. lol The is going to be nice when it’s done I know because you don’t build junk…..................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#6 posted 1485 days ago

Steve if you ain´t running around with two blue/purple/yellow/black eyes by now
she is deffently a saint….. :—)

go Kathy show him what a woodworker can do if you take over his shop…..didn´t he deserve it

thank´s for posting Steve
I´m looking forward to see the progrees on this one

take care both of you


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#7 posted 1485 days ago

enjoyed it very much
keep it going

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#8 posted 1485 days ago

Nice one, Steve. Thank’s for posting.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 1485 days ago

Steve, I can have the most fun in my shop when my wife helps me. This video series is going to be a good one! Looking forward to the next video!

-- Some minds are like concrete - thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

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#10 posted 1485 days ago

Never mind the Wii Johnny, I like the model of the AT-AT!

Seriously, nice job on the sketchup. It really does rock, doesn’t it?

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#11 posted 1485 days ago

Nice job with the SU Steve. And a hearty hoooooray to Kathy for putting up with you. :P Feel free to ask for more help with SU if you need it. If you really want some constructive reviews of your efforts, then post your SU file. Are you that brave? I prob. wouldn’t be.

You Go Gurl!!!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 1485 days ago

Nice job Steve, I don’t know sketch up…..maybe in a couple of years.

We need to see more of your wife, she was great!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 1484 days ago

Something tells me Kathy spends a lot of her time laughing.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#14 posted 1484 days ago

Thanks for all your comments. Yeah, somehow my wife has put up with me for 25 years. She just happened to be in my shop for a minute and I put her to work. I don’t think she’ll make a habit of it, though!

Pickering Mike: You are seriously observant. That’s a Lego AT-AT!

Rance: Hey, I’d love for you to take a look at my SU file. Here is is. I suspect I did a lot of things wrong, but it gives me a better perspective (literaly) on what I want to build. My main concern is how I am going to join the front legs to the lower shelf. Obviously, this could be a weak point. I am thinking driving a couple of dowells into the legs and on up through the shelf.

Everyone else interested in SketchUp: it’s really not very difficult to figure out at all. I think the most helpful site has been Sketchup for Woodworkers.

As a person who has used Illustrator for years, a lot of SketchUp is similar, so that helped. Probably the hardest thing for me to get used to is the value of grabbing specific edges when moving elements, which isn’t necessary in Illustrator. Oh, and also the enormous value of using guides all the time.

One thing that I wish Sketchup would do (maybe it does and I don’t know about it) is show you, in the measurements box, the actual dimensions of any single element that you click on. I hate having to use the tape measure tool all the time to remeasure a board.

But I still have a lot to learn. I find it very amusing when I haphazardly add a board and change the view only to discover that it is floating in space five feet away from the rest of the project!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#15 posted 1484 days ago

Steve as I rememberfro the vidio
can´t you just let the lower shelf added like a big thrugh tennonjoint
and let it rest on one of the shuolders on the leg , Just a Thought :-)


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