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Fall Sketchup Challenge Entry - Torii Table

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Blog entry by Damian Penney posted 09-10-2007 07:14 AM 2089 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shortly after leaving England but before arriving in the US I lived in Japan for a year and had the pleasure of experiencing their unique architecture and way of life. One image that has stayed with me is that of the Torii that lies at the entrance to the Shinto shrines.

My interpretation uses the basic design elements of the torii which are two upright supports and two crossbars on top, the Torii image is visible from both the ends and the sides of the table and the finish would be a deep vermilion lacquer (and darker again on the legs)

I came up with this design before the honeycomb one came to me hence me asking Martin if multiple entries were okay, glad he said yes so I didn’t have to choose :)

Hope you like it :)

Torii
Torii

Torii
Torii

Torii Table Iso
Torii Table Iso

Torii Table Side
Torii Table Side

Torii Table End
Torii Table End

-- 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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Don

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#1 posted 09-10-2007 08:06 AM

Damian, you’ve captured the Torii well. Did you think of adding breadboard ends with an upsweep at each end?

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

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 12:05 PM

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this design!!!

When I visited the Roarockit company and tried my hand at veneering, Ted and Norah gave me the skateboard deck to take home. So what was I to do with a skateboard deck? Well, I decided, it was going to become a work stool… I figured it would look kinda “Oriental” if I did it right – but I wasn’t sure how to do it …. and here you have created the design in your table entry!!!!

Still not exactly sure how to make it work for a skateboard but you’ve definitely given me some ideas to work with.

Awesome inspiration and well designed. Bravo

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

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Brad_Nailor

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 01:44 PM

Another nice design. That would make a great coffee table.

Did you say we can have multiple entries? Hmmm….;)

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 01:52 PM

Good job Damien. You nailed it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Damian Penney

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 02:59 PM

Hey Don, I wanted it to be functional as an actual dining table so I passed on the upsweep so someone could sit at the end. Where I would incorporate that element would be in the seating, where I could either go with a long bench like torii or even individual torii seats. I had played with using marquetry on the sides, with an arc along each side in a lighter wood to indicate the upsweep but decided against it to keep things clean and simple.

MsDebbie, skip the stool and go for the torii skateboard, sure would make getting from workshop to workshop more fun ;-)

Hey Brad, yeah multiple entries are okay as long as they don’t all look the same.

Thanks, Thos, glad you like it :)

-- 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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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 09-10-2007 03:04 PM

yah.. have you seen my “MsDebbieP” pix????? uh—I can’t quite picture me on a skateboard and live to tell about it!! lol

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

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Karson

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#7 posted 09-10-2007 03:11 PM

Another great deign Damian. How would the upsweepbe on the lower level surface. I might be out of place or it could be just the ticket.

Another thought could be the upper surface curved but the curve be on the lower edge of the upper surface.
So that it would look like the top of the Torii, on the bottom of its surface, but still have a flat top

-- 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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Damian Penney

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#8 posted 09-10-2007 03:30 PM

With regards the upsweep, although very common it’s not actually a required element of a torii, as you can see here.

So if a flat torii is good enough for those guys, it’s good enough for me :)

Karson, the bottom crossbar is usually a straight beam with no sweep and I think curving the bottom of the upper piece would make it look less like a torii because the top bar is usually of a constant thickness or flat on the bottom with upsweeps on the top.

-- 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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mot

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#9 posted 09-10-2007 03:30 PM

Great table, Damian!

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

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 09-10-2007 03:47 PM

that looks SO much like the quick drawing I had made for my stool… you keep getting me more and more excited about my project to be.
First I have to decide how I want to decorate the skateboard deck.. I think I should finish it first before adding the base/legs. Of course I still have to figure out how to add the base and legs… I have a few ideas floating around in my head, especially now since you’ve shown these photos AND your sketchup entry!!! :D :D

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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

Damian;

Nice looking table

I’m a fan of that style, also.

Lee

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Bob Babcock

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#12 posted 09-11-2007 04:21 AM

Looks great Damian. I really enjoy Asian inspired designs and particularly Japanese. Benches made to look like tatami mats would go great with this.

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

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#13 posted 09-13-2007 06:04 AM

good looking design. 4 stars

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

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Dorje

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#14 posted 09-13-2007 07:32 AM

Love it…

What materials would you use? Also, I’m curious what it would look like with round legs, tapered, oh so slightly from bottom to top, similiar to the Torii posts…

Are the black and white photo and color photo (red) of the same Torii? If so, is this the one that Jojo posted about a while back?

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

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Damian Penney

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#15 posted 09-13-2007 03:24 PM

Hey Dorje, glad you like it and good point on the legs, if I get some time perhaps I’ll tweak it a little bit and see what happens. I didn’t catch Jojos post, but the red one (they are different) is a very famous one so quite possibly.

If I were to build it I’d most likely use torsion boxes with mdf skins and hardwood edging then spray lots and lots of lacquer on it. MDF produces a flawless finish when sprayed and the torsion boxes would give those dangling corners on the top piece lots of strength.

-- 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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