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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 09-06-2007 07:12 AM 2414 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just like the tutorial I had to do something quick.

I’ve recently become very interested in Standup Paddleboarding. Most of you have also seen the gates I built for my brother at his home on Maui. My brothers home is a short distance from arguably the most famous surf break in the world….Jaws. All that coupled with my recent paddle building experience led me to create the Jaws Dining Table.

The creation of the model was very simple. I first created the outline of the wave. Then push/pulled it to 3/4”. Each segment was then moved 1/4” in front of the preceeding segment and then each segment was scaled on the blue axis (.995, .99, .985, .98…and so on) to create the wave effect. 1/2 the table top was outlined using the arc and line tools and then a copy was mirrored using the scale tool and typing in -1 while scaling along the red axis. I removed the line separating the top to create one continuous plane and the push/pulled it 2”. I had created the paddle model previously as part of my design study for building the paddle so I just imported that model for use here to tie the base together at the bottom. I offset the top to create some contrast and applied walnut and cherry textures.

The table is 12’ long. I felt it had to be massive to attempt to match the overwhelming image of Jaws…..see below. The intent would be to build the table top in the same manner as a surfboard. EPS foam shaped and then veneered with wood. The top would weigh only about 20-30 lbs that way. The bottom would be 3/4” plywood, much heavier, providing stability.

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I added this glass/wood version. See comment below.
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To get a feeling for the outrageous immensity of Jaws. The table is positioned in the front of this life sized illustration, remember the table is 12’ long. Imagine the rush of surfing this monster as a few of some of the best athletes in the world do.
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Hope you enjoyed it….Good Luck all…time to get back to work.

I added this view with the duke looking on approvingly.
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-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 09-06-2007 01:08 PM

dang…. that is SWEET.
brilliant inspiration, plan, sketchup. !

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 09-06-2007 02:00 PM

WOW!!! That is some competition. Might as well set the bar real high to start. Who knows what this challenge will produce.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-06-2007 02:07 PM

Hey Bob….......now we need Laird Hamilton to market that ride!!!!

COOL…...Bob…...Neil

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Karson

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#4 posted 09-06-2007 02:15 PM

Great Bob. Now we have it started.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Kaleo

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#5 posted 09-07-2007 12:18 AM

NIce Bob,

That was to fast. But it is a really sweet looking tablt. I agree with Neil and having Laird Hamilton ride it. lol

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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#6 posted 09-07-2007 12:48 AM

Laird could ride it and make it look good. I think he’s actually an alien.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#7 posted 09-07-2007 05:39 AM

Easy to draw is easy to do!

Darn nice looking table. Do you ever plan to build it?
That would be truly awesome.

BTW I’ve tried Sketchup and to me it ain’t easy.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Bob Babcock

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#8 posted 09-07-2007 01:36 PM

I don’t think this will ever get built. It would be fun to do but I don’t have a room big enough for a 12’ table. The boss would shoot me if I tried to replace our dining table with it anyway. If someone sees this and wants to commision it I’d do it but somehow I think that’s unlikely.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#9 posted 09-07-2007 01:55 PM

an outside table—by the beach…
your brother—doesn’t he need this??? what a birthday present!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bob Babcock

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#10 posted 09-07-2007 02:11 PM

I hadn’t thought of that Deb. A surfside bar buffet table. LOL…I think my sister-in-law would shoot me.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 09-08-2007 01:24 AM

well, you could gift it to him and he could auction it off for charity… I wonder if anyone knows of a good charity. hmmm.

WOuldn’t it be a hit at a resort???

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#12 posted 09-08-2007 05:44 AM

Tough one to ship. Although…...hhmmmm…...it would be good press for a high end resort too. Sure…make more work for me. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll have that much time available. even the paddle will be pushing it. I’m up to my eyeballs already in commitments…..:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#13 posted 09-08-2007 01:29 PM

sell them the plans.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dan'um Style

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#14 posted 09-08-2007 07:27 PM

Looks like a great project. Bet you enjoyed yourself in sketch-up.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 09-09-2007 05:07 AM

I like it!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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