Church Lectern #2: This is what I was thinking of....

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Blog entry by pashley posted 03-26-2008 02:02 PM 2002 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did these “sketches” in Bryce to get an idea for proportions. I like what happened here. Problem is, in this sketch, the 4 main posts are 44 inches high, and my real life ones are 33, which is really the best height. However, I made the 3 raised panels to the specs in the drawing – 33” tall by 30” wide – way too big. The thing is way too big, when I tried to visualize it by laying out the posts and panels. Looks like I’ll have to take a good 8 inches off the width, and nearly as much on the height, then run those two edges thru the shaper again. Oh well; like the barber says, “I take always take more off, but I can’t put it back on.”.

This is why I’m learning SketchUp, so I can nail down the measurements!

Side note: while I was breaking down the stock for this project, unbeknownst to me, something was amiss in my planer. After putting lots of pieces thru, i noticed I was getting a wedge shape coming out the other side! I thought the problem was that I was not jointing the face flat enough…but that was not it. I had never taken out the knives on the planer to sharpen (or align) them, so I did. Apparently, the knives were out of alignment! After sharpening and aligning, worked fine, but I lost a lot of time – and stock – due to this problem!

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-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 03-26-2008 04:34 PM

I’ve got to get up to speed on Sketchup.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-26-2008 05:12 PM

Ditto Gary’s comments. I have started and gotten bogged down twice. After looking at this I need to make a more concerted effort.

Nice design.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-26-2008 05:57 PM

Hi Patrick

As far as sketch up, I have never used it. I designed and built furniture for over 35 years but always had people on my staff that did all the Cad drawings. I would make a sketch and cutting list and then have them do the shop drawings. Your design is a beautiful church piece and I hope you can get your sketch up to work. Thank you for posting

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 03-26-2008 06:18 PM

GaryK, Scott Bryan:

The pics you see were not done in SketchUp, they were done in Bryce. My hope is to do an accurate technical drawing in SU, import it to Bryce, and render it nicely, as above.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#5 posted 03-26-2008 06:31 PM

I spent a few hours in sketch up last night. I have a steep learning curve ahead of me. I love your piece, It will be a nice addition to any sanctuary.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#6 posted 03-26-2008 06:48 PM

Take my advice, go to YouTube and look up : aidanchopra

He’s the guy that wrote, “SU for Dummies” and has a ton of great tutorials!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 08:12 PM

Very nice and thanks for the tip on the youtube author.

-- Hope Never fails

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 11:18 PM

That really looks good.

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