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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 09-21-2007 06:16 AM 2529 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always been fascinated by large trees. I remember as a kid being amazed by them. I was 12 years old when my mother and I went out to visit my brother in Calif. We took a ride up to see the sequoia’s. What an amazing feeling to walk amongst them. I still carry it with me to this day.

My daughters think i’m a little weird. My oldest daughter went to Salve Regina in Newport for awhile and during every visit I would walk the campus admiring the extraordinary tree collection including some european beeches 8-10 ft across. We would be walking along and my daughter would say “don’t get too excited Dad, there’s a big tree around this corner”. Newport is filled with grand old trees, many transplanted full size to their current locations when the mansions were built ( they certainly spared no expense).

Then I was reading Frank's blog with his pictures of an “ancient one” and thinking of the grove behind my house and thought about this table design.

Thanks for the picture Frank. I’ll be sure to get some of the grove soon.
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I think this would be a very heavy table.
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The trunk was created by using the freehand tool to define a path and then using the follow me tool with a circle.
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The textures are pine bark, bubinga, ebony, cherry, birch, and olive. The olive is obviously exaggerated but it was so pretty I didn’t want to reduce it.
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I included some surroundings to illustrate how easy it is to create an overall design feeling in Sketchup. I’ve also added a view embellishing the surrounding of the Jaws table.

Still more surroundings. You can simulate an outside view adding a landscape photo. It’s subtle but it helps add to the reality to match the angle of the sun with the outside picture. By removing the glass from a door or window placed in the wall you create the clearest view or the glass can be left in and tinted any color.
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-- Bob

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#1 posted 09-21-2007 06:21 AM

Great table.

But are you going to be able to say that no old ancients were harmed in the making of this table. LOL

-- 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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#2 posted 09-21-2007 06:24 AM

Hehe….I would hope that it never gets built….maybe a storm loss?

-- Bob

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#3 posted 09-21-2007 08:02 AM

Well a storm loss would be much better than bulldozed for sprawl. Yet another great table!

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#4 posted 09-21-2007 11:28 AM

adding the background really makes a difference… “extra” powerful.

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

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#5 posted 09-21-2007 01:42 PM

That is a great table. I’ve seen several made with a base from our Juniper trees. This is very do-able and impressive when done. I really like what you did with the top. I’ve tried to watch the videos you have posted but can’t get them to play. must be something in my computer. When I get some time I need tolearn SketchUp.
Thanks for showing us how it works. Impressive.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 09-21-2007 02:36 PM

Great inspiration and table Bob. Debbie’s right. It does pack a bigger punch when put in an environment. The top is gorgeous.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#7 posted 09-21-2007 04:28 PM

Thanks all. I’ve often thought of building a table like this on a smaller scale. This size wouldn’t actually require old growth but it was the inspiration to go big.

Thomas…Do you have the flash player installed?

I can’t wait to see Brad_nailor’s entry. He mentioned he was planning on using Podium which is a 3rd party renderer for Sketchup that allows for much more realistic renderings. I have Turbosketch (similar) but for some reason it’s not working right now. I don’t think it likes working across my vpn connection to the office.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 09-21-2007 04:49 PM

Hi Bob;
—-well now I’m thinking I’ve saw that one before up here in my neck of the woods….and what legs!

Great table there Bob, are you thinking I should start trucking the legs down your way? I would also add that the top you have created there is one beauty of ‘wood art’....and,

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#9 posted 09-21-2007 05:11 PM

I thought you would like that Frank….:)

-- Bob

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#10 posted 09-21-2007 10:37 PM

Real nice model..great textures..I love the tabletop! Novel idea, great execution!


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#11 posted 09-22-2007 01:50 AM

Gorgeous Top… the legs remind me of tables my father-in-law makes – but taken to a whole new level.

If you’re daughters think you’re weird, then your definately doing something right ;)

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

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#12 posted 09-22-2007 02:09 AM

cool looking sketchup model. a real treat ! bet it was fun to figure out !!

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

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#13 posted 09-22-2007 05:00 AM


-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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