Fall Sketchup Challenge Entry - Honey Table

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Blog entry by Damian Penney posted 09-09-2007 08:28 AM 2575 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t leave England until my early twenties and have loved Earl Grey tea for as long as I can remember. I even went to University in Newcastle Upon Tyne where Charles Grey, the second Earl of Grey was born and raised and my favourite way of drinking that great mans tea is in a china mug with a big old blob of honey mixed in to it. So my inspiration for this table is the humble honey bee.

The table top is comprised of maple and walnut hexagons mimicking a honeycomb with a hive like angled edge treatment while the legs are stylized bees’ wings. The top itself is also a slight hexagon (tough to see from these pics though)

Hope you like it :)




Isometric view
Honey Table ISO

Hive Edge Detail
Edge detail

Bent lamination bee wing trestles
Stylised Bee Wing Legs

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 09-09-2007 11:27 AM

oh yah!!!!! “hive edge” rather than “live edge”.
This is awesome!! brilliant.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 09-09-2007 02:03 PM

Oh Yeah! Good one, Damien. This another one I want to see built for real. I’m impressed.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-09-2007 02:52 PM

could sell it to the “Honeycomb” cereal people.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 09-09-2007 03:46 PM

Very cool. How did you do the curves for the base?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#5 posted 09-09-2007 03:54 PM

Nice job Damian, you going to build it?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 09-09-2007 04:03 PM

Really engaging Damien. The base is great. How thick to would the top (honeycomb part) be if you constructed it?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#7 posted 09-09-2007 04:22 PM

OK, I’m going to need lots of time with Sketch up to compete with these ideas.
to quote another honey lover
“think think think”

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Damian Penney

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#8 posted 09-09-2007 04:29 PM

Thanks guys.

gizmodyne: The trestles are done using the bezier curve script that you can find here I’d used the script previously in my desk design and it allows a lot more flexibility than the standard arc tool.

caliper: The top in the pic is 2” thick, I think the best way to construct it would be marquetry over a torsion box, same way Lee makes his big tops, that way you get to use actual honeycomb in the middle :)

I do like the design a lot and would love to see it built too but I’m way behind on my projects as it is so it will be a long long time coming :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 09-09-2007 04:54 PM

That’s really cool, Damian. I really like the design and would enjoy looking at this one built.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 09-09-2007 04:55 PM

I agree, this is a nice design that begs to be built.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 09-09-2007 09:06 PM

Beautiful work Damian. Great inspiration. I love the direction this challenge is taking. Definitely pushing folks to develop their Sketchup skills.

There are lots of great scripts out there that make difficult tasks easier. I would suggest to everyone that they take the time to puzzle through doing tasks like the legs with the native Sketchup tools before they jump to scripts however. Learning to solve those problems helps to compress the learning experience.

A few places for scripts…some free…some low cost.

Any others that folks know of?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#12 posted 09-10-2007 04:26 AM

Great design Damian.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 09-10-2007 01:41 PM

Interesting design…very 70’s looking! Nice model. Great entry..


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#14 posted 09-13-2007 06:08 AM

cool !!

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

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#15 posted 09-13-2007 07:35 AM

I especially like the design of the beeswing legs…

I can’t even imagine how long the honeycomb would take to construct!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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