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Project by Bob Babcock posted 04-02-2007 07:12 PM 3788 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK…so maybe it’s not real….but it is built…virtually. I wont have the time to get this done for the competition unfortunately. Too many other projects in line…ie: the boss would shoot me if I don’t get a new chair built and new windows in the kitchen.

I’ve also posted the actual Sketchup model and some tutorials in the forum.

Regards, and good luck to all the real world builders…can’t wait to see the results.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 04-02-2007 07:35 PM

Thank you Bob.
A beautiful rendition, You’re real good with that Sketchup program. I guess I’ll have to do some learning.
I might not get a table done though. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 04-02-2007 08:45 PM

I’m glad so many of you are busy… less competition makes my chances better.

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#3 posted 04-02-2007 08:52 PM

wow.. by the time I had figured out how to do this drawing I could have built 3 tables!
I think the building is easier than using Sketchup.

And I love the design that you have created.
AND it really helps me understand the mechanics of putting it all together.

Bless you and good luck with the chair and new kitchen windows. I feel like I owe you one and should come hold tools or sweep the floor or something!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 04-02-2007 09:50 PM

It’s all in the practice Debbie. I built this model in about 20 mins. Unfortunately my Sketchup skills far out do my woodworking, but the more sawdust I make the faster I get and the less wood I waste.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 04-02-2007 10:15 PM

20 min. My old computer took longer to boot up!! hehehe

You are a wizard. A creative/technical wizard.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 04-02-2007 11:33 PM

I have to agree…. your sketchup skills are very impressive. 20 min. makes it even more impressive. I’m pretty good with sketchup too, but I’m not that fast. Then again, my TV is next to my computer, so that could be one of the reasons.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#7 posted 04-03-2007 01:02 AM

That is looking more along the lines of what I’d like to build… take it a little more asian.

very nice… virtual or not!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 04-03-2007 01:16 AM

Looks like you have your hands full in other ways too Thomas. i added another picture…not part of the challenge but you’ll understand how I’ve gotten so quick. The new picture is some of what I do professionally.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 04-03-2007 04:34 PM

Interesting table design Bob. I like the alteration of the leg form.


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#10 posted 04-03-2007 06:39 PM

Sounds like Treefarmer has a second career in store, creating project drawings on sketch-up. Now if you can get it to make a cut list and cutting diagram,,,,

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Bob Babcock

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#11 posted 04-03-2007 08:16 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments all.

It’s funny how the mind works. I used the Thorsen table as the inspiration obviously, but my intent for this model was in it’s use in creating the Sketchup tutorial on mortice and tenon joints. It wasn’t until I had created the tutorial and then sat back and looked at the design that I realized that I really liked it and would have to build it. If I had spent more time on it I probably would have ruined it.

Now I’ve decided that I’m going to change the design of the morris inspired chair I’ll be starting this weekend to include the reverse tapered legs. When everything is done I’ll have a matching chair, ottoman, and table…:)

I don’t think we’ll ever see a cut list generator in Sketchup. It has a rudimentary estimator that is of limited use. You can, and I do, create dimensioned diagrams olf the individual pieces though.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#12 posted 04-05-2007 02:18 AM

Is this Sketching program something I can download? On second thought, using Dial-up I had better order a disc from somewhere. I used Autosketch years and years ago, but it never had the capability to do this type of 3-D rendering, shadows, coloring etc. I am really impressed. This capability in my business would be helpful. I will look at the Forum turorial and see if that answers my questions. Thanks for posting this. You and Thomas Porter are helpful in doing this.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#13 posted 04-05-2007 02:20 AM

It is free (for personal use) from google. –

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 04-05-2007 03:38 AM

Very nice job and design.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 04-06-2007 10:23 PM

A bit off-topic, but does anyone really enjoy Sketchup? I’ve played with it for about 4 or 5 hours and then went back to paper and pencil. I created a sketchup of my Grizzly 1023S. It was cool to play with, but very time consuming.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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