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Virtual Dining Table Challenge #1: Announcement

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 09-04-2007 09:54 PM 18034 reads 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In order to continue challenging us to develop our creativity and woodworking skills let me present another challenge to you, with the support of Popular Woodworking.

Popular Woodworking

Google SketchUp is a powerful yet easy-to-learn 3D software tool that is currently being discussed in each woodworking forum or group. Yes, it can save you costs during the designing phase and it will boost the creativity of your finished pieces when you master it.

And what’s the best way to learn how to use that mysterious SketchUp tool everybody is talking about? How about taking our challenge? Encourage yourself to study the basics or even the more advanced features that will allow you to build the virtual Dining Table! Shaker or arts & crafts or some other style? Not a problem – it’s your table and your choice.

Note that your table must be based on a building, a bridge, or even a mountain range and as part of the challenge you must include a picture of your inspiration in your entry. Then, in your blog, describe how and why you used specific aspects in your table design.

Glen Huey, Senior Editor of PW says: “If your basis is the Washington Monument you can design the building shape as your table legs. Make the aprons with the design of the Golden Gate Bridge cable structure if you choose it as your inspiration. Or, add a carving to the legs that resembles the spiral staircase from the Vatican. Pull individual design ideas from your inspiration or “basis of design”. You can make the design of your table as unique as yourself.”

And in addition to learning a new tool, you can also win great prizes – how cool?

Prizes

  1. Four PW editors will judge the contest as well as provide a signed book or DVD as a prize for the top three entries – Bob Lang’s “The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker,” Megan Fitzpatrick’s “The Essential Pine Book,” Christopher Schwarz’s “Workbenches from Design & Theory to Construction & Use” (available late October 2007) and Glen Huey’s “Fine Furniture for a Lifetime.” That’s four valuable resources of woodworking information awarded to each of the top three entries.
  2. One random winner will get a SketchUp Pro license ($495 value)
  3. Three random winners will get cool LJ shirt

Prizes provided by PW editors

How to Enter and Official Rules

  1. Just add your entry as the regular blog entry (not as the project) and tag it with challenge03 (of course you may add any additional tags too):
    challenge03 tag
    Note that you don’t need to use ‘challenge03’ in the blog entry title.
  2. Describe your modeling process in the blog entry and add at least one screenshot of the finished dining table model created by you. Note that your table needs to be able to be built in the real world.
  3. Include a picture of your inspiration in your entry.
  4. The entry deadline is September 30th.
  5. Winners will be announced online at LumberJocks.com and PopularWoodworking.com on October 15th.

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32 comments so far

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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 09-05-2007 12:47 AM

I hope the tutorial doesn’t disqualify me….:)

As I mentioned in my PM to you Martin I think the focus of this challenge should be as a design study and not the production of a final design with all joinery, dimensions etc.. It will allow more members to participate and fits well with the idea of using a place or thing as inpiration.

One of the very valuable benefits to Sketchup is that it allows for easy design study. They can be done relatively quickly even with a minimum of Sketchup knowledge. If we focus on the design side of things it levels the playing field somewhat for all entrants.

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

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Kaleo

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#2 posted 09-05-2007 04:30 AM

One question that I have is do we have to use sketchup for this contest? Or can we produce this table in another 3D modeling program?

Thanks Martin

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

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 09-05-2007 06:04 AM

Think we need to stick with sketch-up.
My reasoning:

Unigraphics : I have over 5000 hrs of tube time
3d Studio : I have over 7000 hrs of tube time

Sketch-up = downloaded the software today and just walked thru the first 4 tutorials. Sort of levels the playing field, ....

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

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Napaman

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#4 posted 09-05-2007 06:15 AM

i just played with it bit…did not try the tutorials…was fun…my question—-why limit to tables? could it be opened to “furniture”? either way it will be great——as long as the deadline includes a WEST COAST TIME after 5pm….lol….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Kaleo

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#5 posted 09-05-2007 08:57 AM

That’s why I asked the question about sketchup. I use Cinema 4D for computer renderings and Vectorworks CAD for designing. I would like to use those instead of Skecthup. I just don’t think you can get photo realistic renders of your designs from Sketchup. But if it has to be Sketchup I will use it for the competition. Thanks

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

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Martin Sojka

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#6 posted 09-05-2007 09:59 AM

Bob, tutorial doesn’t disqualify you ;)

Kaleo, only SketchUp should be used for this challenge.

Matt, this challenge is limited only to dining tables.

The reasons of having Dining table and SketchUp restrictions are:

  1. to level the playing field
  2. to make judging by PW editors possible

It’s impossible to judge objectively when you can use any 3D tool or design any kind of furniture. However together with these two restrictions/rules we’re saying that you’re allowed to base your dining table on anything you want. And this opens the doors for creativity.

Plus we want to have lots of other interesting challenges in the future and this approach will allow us to be as unique as possible each time ;)

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#7 posted 09-05-2007 12:36 PM

my two cents—these challenges are about “challenging oneself” ... so if you are a whiz at Sketchup then we should be seeing some very creative designs or something that takes your woodworking skills to a new level… something.

the fun part will be the inclusion of a design element (or whatever) taken from the inspiration.

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

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Aubster

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#8 posted 09-05-2007 01:36 PM

Another thing is that Sketchup is free! I am one of thoses woodworks who recycle cans and bottles so I can afford better wood and hardware. I can draw, but I can design a 3D project in Sketchup less than half the time it take it take me on paper, and I have only used Sketchup for about 3 months. Plus, I still have to buy pencils and paper. Sketchup up is a great tool for a woodwork who is just starting out, so count me in.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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Kaleo

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#9 posted 09-05-2007 02:16 PM

Martin-

Thanks for clearing that all up. It’s going to be interesting seeing what people come up with.

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

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Bill

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#10 posted 09-05-2007 05:20 PM

This will definitely be some challenge. Now we have to look for inspiration.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 09-05-2007 05:57 PM

and all in less than a month !!!

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

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Bob Babcock

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#12 posted 09-05-2007 07:17 PM

Some additional official Sketchup tutorials from previous versions that deal with more of the basics (mostly still applicable).
http://sketchup.google.com/vtutorials.html

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

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Aubster

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#13 posted 09-05-2007 07:51 PM

Here is a Sketchup video tutorial I have been using to learn sketchup. It is all video and very good.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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Brad_Nailor

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#14 posted 09-06-2007 12:16 AM

I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this challenge. I am a Sketchup addict! ......Hi, my name is Brad Nailer, and I’m addicted to Sketchup..

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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Dan'um Style

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#15 posted 09-06-2007 12:50 AM

Got me cad 3d table going and bridge photo, having a riot !!

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

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