Dubai Hotel Dining Table

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Blog entry by Ric posted 09-30-2007 01:33 AM 3938 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After looking through some of the entries, I sure hope designs are judged, not on how well we can make SketchUp work! I’ve only been using it for 3 weeks and only for this one design. I’ve figured a way to make it do some things, but from what you all are doing, I’ve got a long way to go!

Anyway, to my design. I’ve been facinated by the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai , United Arab Emirates ever since I saw a special on it on Discovery.

Burj Al Arab Hotel

The inspiration for the hotel was a sail boat, so I tried to capture that same feeling in my table design.

table design

The “sail” would be made out of coopered, bent laminations of bleached maple. The area below the sail would be coopered walnut as would the central leg (i.e., the rest of the “hull”). The Sail and area below it would be divided with shelves to serve as a china hutch, and would also have silver ware drawers and a place to put crystal. The table would be either teak or koa to accent the nautical feeling.

The one problem with this design is finding a room to put it in. The “mast” is already 8’ tall, but I feel that it needs to be taller! And as with any project, as soon as I got this drawing finished I saw many things I would change (if I could figure out how to get SketchUp to do it the way I want it). I think it would look better with the “bow” sloping back rather than vertical as it is, but that would also require the lower hutch area to be curved in 2 directions rather than the one as it is currently – not a problem to build, just to get SketchUp to do it! I would also make the “deck” (table top) have a continious curve clear to the bow, rather than stepped as it is now.

I apollogize for the diagonal lines in the “sail”, but that was the only way I could get SketchUp to give me a solid surface for the compound curve (the arc of the back edge of the “sail” is much less than the front edge going down to the bow).

-- Ric :{) - Appleton, ME - (

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#1 posted 09-30-2007 01:59 AM

Hi Ric,

Great inspiration.

That was strange…at 1st your pictures weren’t showing up and as soon as I posted this comment they were there. Looks good. You can hide the lines in the sail. Click on the lines (holding down ctrl or shift allows for multiple selections) once you have them selected go to Edit (text menu) and then Hide.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 09-30-2007 02:05 AM

I’m using Flickr. I think I have the problem figured out. At least I can see the pictures now.

-- Ric :{) - Appleton, ME - (

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#3 posted 09-30-2007 02:20 AM

Thaks for the tip!! The only way I have figured out (by trial and error – mostly error!) was deleting them and as soon as I did that the solid surface would go away and I could see inside – not quite what I wanted, so I just put up with the lines. I was a bit rushed to get my design finished and didn’t take the time to learn the program. Hope to do better in the future.

-- Ric :{) - Appleton, ME - (

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#4 posted 09-30-2007 02:26 AM

Hey, that’s cool. Is that part of that waterfront expansion in Dubai?

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

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#5 posted 09-30-2007 01:15 PM

amazing inspiration!!
and great table to go with it.. I can picture the sail lit up, twinkling on the crystal glasses held within.. very cool.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 09-30-2007 02:13 PM

now that’s a cool table. I’d go insane trying to build it because I can’t bend wood to save my life but I’d have the best looking table at the asylum!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#7 posted 09-30-2007 05:59 PM


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#8 posted 10-01-2007 12:29 AM

I think it was either the first project in the expansion or the one that inspired it. It sets on it own little island and is reached by a causeway.

-- Ric :{) - Appleton, ME - (

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#9 posted 10-01-2007 12:56 AM

I thought that is what I saw in the pix… amazing.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 10-01-2007 04:52 AM

Looks like a fun sketchup project. Hope you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for the entry.

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

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#11 posted 10-02-2007 06:49 AM

I don’t know how I manged to miss this until now but that is one heck of a table. I like the hutch idea.

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#12 posted 10-03-2007 02:07 AM

Great table… That is an awesome building, caught the same special myself… certainly needs the right house for that one… or perhaps a house designed around it!

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

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#13 posted 10-03-2007 02:30 AM

Great table / Hutch.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 10-04-2007 12:53 PM

Very unusual, this should be a real challenge to build. Could I ask who the architect was?

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

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#15 posted 10-04-2007 11:52 PM

The architect was Tom Wright of WS Atkins.
For more info on the hotel you can go to:
This is the press kit release. You can even take a virtual tour of the place at:
Quite the place!

-- Ric :{) - Appleton, ME - (

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