Fall Sketchup Challenge Entry - Backwards Bridge

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Blog entry by ThreeJs posted 09-11-2007 05:48 AM 7251 reads 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bridge fell during a tropical storm a few years ago. Now it servers as a dam, and the river flows over it rather than under. Today cars do not use the bridge to travel the forest road, but that doesn’t stop a few adventurous hikers.

The bridge.

Wire frame showing the construction of the table

The woods depicted in the table design are primarily cherry and maple, with walnut accents.

Front View

Left View

The table.

Joint Detail

This is my first project in sketch-up. I typically use auto sketch to draw my projects, but I think I have found a new favorite in sketch-up. Who knows, I might even try to build this table eventually.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#1 posted 09-11-2007 05:53 AM

David, this is beaut. Terrific design with its elegant simplicity and your Sketchup skills and views show everything nessesary to build it I believe. Really nicely done.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 09-11-2007 06:05 AM

Very nicely done indeed. Great idea and look to the table as well. Good use of the view types to illustrate the joinery.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 09-11-2007 12:26 PM

great entry. Fascinating story behind the inspiration as well. What a beautiful table this is going to be when you have it built!!!

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

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#4 posted 09-11-2007 01:31 PM

Very nice work. I like the design, and the model is excellent. Great semi transparent joint detail, and effective use of textures.


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Damian Penney

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#5 posted 09-11-2007 02:43 PM

Very nice indeed, and I love the backwards bridge itself :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 09-11-2007 03:43 PM

David: a great design. Good job and nice use of different views.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-11-2007 04:05 PM

The boy has some skillz! Great design, great inspiration, great model and explanation. Nicely done!

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

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 09-13-2007 06:02 AM

nice job !

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

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#9 posted 09-16-2007 03:08 AM

Your’s and every entry I’ve looked at is amazing. Somewhere down the road I’ll accomplish that.
Great job

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#10 posted 09-19-2007 04:52 AM

The backwards bridge is great. I LOVE this table. Can’t wait to see it come to life.

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

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#11 posted 09-24-2007 12:34 PM

Funny, a lot of the bridges that we DO drive over look just like that over here in New Zealand. Watch out for flash floods!

Nice work. I love how you’ve captured the essence of the bridge with such an elegant and clean design. I really like looking at this table.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#12 posted 10-16-2007 03:08 AM

Nice design – Congrates!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#13 posted 10-16-2007 03:55 AM

Congratulations on the win in the Challenge.

-- 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 10-17-2007 01:03 PM

Very Nice, great work with the different views….

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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