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Blog entry by mot posted 09-10-2007 03:41 AM 6161 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There has always been a monument that intrigued me. It’s in the US somewhere. I was born, raised, and live in Canada. You think I could find this monument? I don’t where it is, or what it’s called, but I knew what it looked like. Well, I did eventually find it. It’s called the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. I once knew it as the St. Louis Arch.

In looking at the wonderful work done by fellow lumberjocks, I’ve become fascinated with bent laminations and veneering. Two things that I think would be necessary in this project.

The table would most likely be made from cherry veneer with maple inlay. I also though of doing two circumferential brass inlays, each 1/8” thick and separated by 2” around the top. It may not be plausible, but I see it in my head.

Here’s the table. Forgive my rudimentary sketchup skills.

The table is 108” long by 60” wide. It stands standard height.

Thanks for looking!

Tomot :)

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



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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 09-10-2007 03:52 AM

Hey Mot;

Beautiful design.

And yes, it’s feasible. If you need any construction input, just let me know. I’ll be glad to help out.

Oh, your sketch up skills far exceed mine. You did a nice job.

Lee

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 03:54 AM

Nicely done Tom. Great looking table and excellent inspiration. Nothing wrong with your Sketchup skills either.
And I learned something new…I always thought it was simply the St. Louis Arch too.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 03:57 AM

You bet, Tom. It’s a keeper! You can do it! We can help!( maybe that was the wrong commercial)
Tom. ( Where’s the other Tom?)

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 04:19 AM

I lived in St Louis for about 20 years. I always enjoyed the arch. They have a great 4th of July celebration. Around 1 million people show up. That was when I lived there. I don’t know about now.

The building to the left of the old Courthouse in the center of the monmument is where I worked.

Great rendition Mot.

-- 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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scottb

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 05:37 AM

ah, I thought it was a fine coffee table, but it’s an Awesome Dining table. I like it – a little wide though, no?

I never knew the monuments proper name either.

Quick – anyone know the REAL name for the Statue of Liberty? (no google or wiki-ing)

-- 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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#6 posted 09-10-2007 05:45 AM

Tom -

Very cool design! Impressive Sketch-Up skills.

David

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mot

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#7 posted 09-10-2007 05:48 AM

Thanks guys. It was fun fiddling with the math of the arch. In doing research, the arch is actually as wide as it is tall and the base is an equilateral triangle. It’s 3.17 times smaller at the top of the arch than the base and is considered an inverse catenary. As making the arched bases an equilateral triangle of 3.17 times smaller at the peak than the bases seemed an insurmountable task in my shop, I made the bases square with thickness 3.17 times at the peak than the base. For your viewing pleasure, here is the equilateral triangle base with proportioned thickness but base:height ratio of my table:

A table with arches of exact proportions goes beyond my sketchup skills as the math is quite complicated and I keep drawing bulges rather than a catenary.

And for the obsessive compulsives’ out there, a catenary is basically what a chain would do if hung from two fixed level points with only the forces of gravity pulling on it.

Cheers!

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

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mot

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#8 posted 09-10-2007 05:50 AM

Scott, I agree that the width is a little big. However, if you knew my family, it’s best to be outside of my brother’s accurate throwing distance while seated.

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

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mot

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#9 posted 09-10-2007 05:55 AM

Oh, and for those of you keeping track of my wife’s first comments to anything I create…”Is that a little race track on top?” groan

-- 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 09-10-2007 05:55 AM

I’m going to Mcdonalds!
They must have simple answer for this!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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mot

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#11 posted 09-10-2007 06:01 AM

Bob, maybe that was the American monument that inspired me? The Golden Arches!

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

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#12 posted 09-10-2007 12:34 PM

why are you apologizing re: Sketchup Skills?? (Oh , that would be the Obsessive-compulsive-perfectionist characteristics???) haha. .. first of all – you did an awesome job!!! and secondly, that’s what this challenge is all about—to CHALLENGE us to develop new skills.

Again, awesome table. Let us know when you have it built.

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

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Brad_Nailor

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#13 posted 09-10-2007 01:56 PM

Very nice! Great design and a great execution of the inspiration in the table. That would look really good in curly cherry with curly maple for the accent pieces! Great job on the model. Curves and round objects are tricky at best in Sketchup. It is not exactly suited for “organic” modeling! You have nothing to apologize for, your model looks great! The one thing I have learned in looking at allot of professional 3D artists and renderers is the biggest difference between a great model and an amazing one is the quality of the textures. There are allot of websites that offer them for free and some that require a membership, but they are out there. You can even create your own from digital photos. Nice job!

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#14 posted 09-10-2007 06:09 PM

I’d sure like to be able to lay out exploded diagrams similar to what the guys and and gals at shopenotes etc. can do.
Is this a reasonable task to set up with Sketchup?

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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furnitologist

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#15 posted 09-10-2007 10:05 PM

Hey Tom:

What a great inspiration especially for furniture considering Sarrinen was involved in the design and he’s done his share of furniture design for Knoll.

COOL…........tie-in. Always a lttle something extra with the spud-man.

OH….....as for sketch-up….....you haven’t seen rudimentary yet!!!!

Neil

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