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Thorsen Table #1: Design 1

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 2717 days ago 1741 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To Build or not to Build?
I really have no business involving myself with another project, but I have wanted to build this table prior to seeing the contest.

Great Resource
I recently bought the book containing technical drawinsg of Greene and Greene works.
Very cool.

I have all of Robert Lang’s books and definitely recommend all for those interested in Craftsman Furniture or cabinet making. http://www.craftsmanplans.com/ I have built 5 projects from the Stickley Books. The books are extrememely accurate drawings with great background info. They are not how to booksl; that is you must be able to read and interpret plans.

First SketchUp

I spent about 40 minutes drawing out a basic sketch of the Thorsen table in Sketch Up. I added back in the shelf like the plant stand.

I will use this to play with the design.

If anyone wants the sketchup file, here it is. No guarantees on quality.
A SketchUp drop box would be a great addition to this site. Sawmillcreek.org has a great design forum that frequently discusses use of sketchup for woodworking.

So I will play with the drawing over the next few days. I am thinking about building it out of douglas fir since I have a ton sitting around.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne



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Karson

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#1 posted 2717 days ago

Giz: Is this table design in the Book. And what are the measurements there. It would be interesting how it tracks with the PW version.

-- 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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gizmodyne

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#2 posted 2717 days ago

I have not looked in the book yet since all my stuff is boxed right now. I just remember that the plant stand looked like this. I just drew the shelf where the little stretcher was from the P.W. drawing. I’ll try to add some dimensions to it tonight and repost.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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BassBully

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#3 posted 2717 days ago

gizmodyne,

Where did you learn how to use sketchup? I’ve been starting to learn it myself but would like some type of excellent reference to speed my learning curve a bit.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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gizmodyne

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#4 posted 2717 days ago

Hi,

I learned by following a sketchup tutorial posted at sawmillcreek.org. It is posted here: http://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=43655.

Dave Richards, a sawmillcreek.org member is a great resource. He has actually drawn another sketchup of the sidetable but it is not viewable for some reason.

Now that I think of it that is where I saw the sidetable. http://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=50100&highlight=thorsen

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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BassBully

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#5 posted 2717 days ago

Thanks GZ.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 2716 days ago

I admire your Sketchup abilities. I’d like to learn that.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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gizmodyne

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#7 posted 2716 days ago

I definately recommend doing some work on sketchup. Maybe I’ll post a bit more about it. Everyone should go out and get this program. (download it. it’s free!)

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#8 posted 2716 days ago

Marc (The woodwhisperer) did a little bit on Sketch up at the beginning of the arts and crafts table series he just wrapped up. Not much in the how-to, but a good opportunity to see it in action.

Tomorrow, I’ll be swinging by the bookstore to see what gems on Greene and Greene I can find! I already have 3 good (and very different) ideas. Gotta see if one wins out, or if I can’t find some inspiration to steer me one particular way. Don’t think I can fit in more than one table before the deadline.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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gizmodyne

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#9 posted 2711 days ago

I really like the Kevin Rodel Arts and Crafts furniture book. Also “the bunaglow” book is a great overall intro to American Arts and Crafts including the Greene houses.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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