end (side) tables with floating tops and curved legs #1: sketchup

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Blog entry by ben posted 03-26-2008 12:57 AM 3676 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After lots of searching around and checking out various end table designs, I had settle on the one that SPalm did:

I even asked him if he minded me using his design. In the meanwhile, I was reading Don Kondra’s photography entry and looked up his FWW article and was immediately in love. (Sorry, Steve… I just can’t fight it!)

So, I did some measuring and built up a sketchup design that thins the original plans down a touch and fits with the dimensions that I need. And here we go:

The sketchup is available here. Frankly, this sketchup was a serious challenge due to the curved legs and even the mitered table top (took me a while to figure out the “smart” way to solve that problem).

I am leaving for vacation in 10 days, and haven’t acquired wood yet, so I probably won’t make any progress for a month, but thought I’d share the sketchup and pic.

I welcome any and all commentary—positive and negative. I haven’t done curved legs before, so I think that will be the biggest challenge here. Luckily Don’s article has a pretty good explanation of what’s going on.


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#1 posted 03-26-2008 03:03 AM

Those legs are very elegant, ben. Nice work. I may have to go get your .skp file and try to figure that out. I have issues with organic shapes in SU too…

Your helper is pretty cute too.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#2 posted 03-26-2008 03:38 AM

Love the look, show turn out nice. I hope to start on my end tables soon as well. Quick question, what is a .skp file? I tried to download the drawning but I cannot open it. Either way good luck with them and enjoy your vaca!

-- Jason, New York

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#3 posted 03-26-2008 03:47 AM


.skp is a sketchup file. Sketchup is a free 3d drawing program. Check it out here:



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#4 posted 03-26-2008 03:50 AM


Please give Don all the credit—it was his work that I was following. And yeah, my nephew is pretty cute. If only he was here more often I might be able to put him to work… :-)


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#5 posted 03-26-2008 03:57 AM

Great thanks, downloading ask we speak

-- Jason, New York

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#6 posted 03-26-2008 10:54 AM

I still can’t get a handle on sketchup. Maybe someday…

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 03:03 PM

Ben, you have chosen wisely. That is a beautiful table. I remember that article when it came out. Note that Don mentions to let the wood acclimate to your shop/house. You are going to be removing a lot of wood from all sides and it may want to ‘relax’ after you shape it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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