Building the Hexagonal Cocktail Table #1: Introduction

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Blog entry by Ron Stewart posted 12-28-2016 04:22 PM 826 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This series of blog posts outlines some of the construction details of my Hexagonal Cocktail Table project.

As I mentioned in the project description, this table is a reproduction of a commercially available table. The original has a metal frame and legs. My table is all wood and MDF, and attaching the slender legs to the relatively thin table top proved to be quite a challenge. I’ll cover that more in a later post.

Earlier this year, I retired from my position as a software engineer at Bentley Systems, the company behind MicroStation, a very advanced CAD system. After using MicroStation for over 20 years, suddenly not having access to it left me feeling like a fish out of water. I chose SketchUp Make as a replacement and have been slowly learning it. This project gave me an opportunity to try it on a real project. Here are a few SketchUp renderings.

My next post will describe the most complex part of the project—the top assembly with all of the triangles.

-- Ron Stewart

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#1 posted 12-28-2016 09:56 PM

Congratulations on taking a step away from the vile Microstation product line! (Just Kidding) I have not been able to take the plunge yet and try to learn Sketchup, but it looks like you have adapted very easily, your model looks fantastic! As a 30+ year user of your arch-rival (AutoCad) I have not been able to make the switch. Ahh for the simpler days of Digitizer pads and Pucks instead of a mouse and drop-down menus.

And an outstanding finished product with the table. I really appreciate the blog series on it.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#2 posted 12-28-2016 11:31 PM

Hi Jeff,

Hmm… an AutoCAD fan. I guess we can still be friends. Everybody makes mistakes… :-)

Thanks for the comments on the table.

The SketchUp behavior that gave me the most trouble was the “stickiness”. For example, drawing a line across a slab splits it into two facets. The trick I learned from a book was creating components from primitives as soon as possible. Then a line won’t stick. I found the book SketchUp - A Design Guide for Woodworkers, by Joe Zeh very useful.

-- Ron Stewart

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