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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

You gotta Wii!
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Go Kathy!

Nice one Steve. Been meaning to slim down the entertainment junk myself. Great video
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Steve, How'd a mug such as yourself end up with such a great shop mate?! LOL!! Just kidding! Looks like you are on the road to your new entertainment center. I'll be watching with bated breath!
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

So far so good. Can't wait to see the finished product. Not all the time but once in awhile, I like my wife to get into the shop too. Especially when she asked me to do the project. We have the big, gaudy entertainment center too that we want to replace. I want something smaller, she wants a bigger, gaudier one. Decisions, decisions.
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Great to finally see you're better 2/3rds. The woman's got to be a SAINT. lol The ent.center is going to be nice when it's done I know because you don't build junk…..................................Schloemoe
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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Steve if you ain´t running around with two blue/purple/yellow/black eyes by now
she is deffently a saint….. :)

go Kathy show him what a woodworker can do if you take over his shop…..didn´t he deserve it

thank´s for posting Steve
I´m looking forward to see the progrees on this one

take care both of you

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

enjoyed it very much
keep it going
 
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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Nice one, Steve. Thank's for posting.
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Steve, I can have the most fun in my shop when my wife helps me. This video series is going to be a good one! Looking forward to the next video!
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Never mind the Wii Johnny, I like the model of the AT-AT!

Seriously, nice job on the sketchup. It really does rock, doesn't it?
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Nice job with the SU Steve. And a hearty hoooooray to Kathy for putting up with you. :p Feel free to ask for more help with SU if you need it. If you really want some constructive reviews of your efforts, then post your SU file. Are you that brave? I prob. wouldn't be.

You Go Gurl!!!
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Nice job Steve, I don't know sketch up…..maybe in a couple of years.

We need to see more of your wife, she was great!!!!
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Something tells me Kathy spends a lot of her time laughing.
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Thanks for all your comments. Yeah, somehow my wife has put up with me for 25 years. She just happened to be in my shop for a minute and I put her to work. I don't think she'll make a habit of it, though!

Pickering Mike: You are seriously observant. That's a Lego AT-AT!

Rance: Hey, I'd love for you to take a look at my SU file. Here is is. I suspect I did a lot of things wrong, but it gives me a better perspective (literaly) on what I want to build. My main concern is how I am going to join the front legs to the lower shelf. Obviously, this could be a weak point. I am thinking driving a couple of dowells into the legs and on up through the shelf.

Everyone else interested in SketchUp: it's really not very difficult to figure out at all. I think the most helpful site has been Sketchup for Woodworkers.

As a person who has used Illustrator for years, a lot of SketchUp is similar, so that helped. Probably the hardest thing for me to get used to is the value of grabbing specific edges when moving elements, which isn't necessary in Illustrator. Oh, and also the enormous value of using guides all the time.

One thing that I wish Sketchup would do (maybe it does and I don't know about it) is show you, in the measurements box, the actual dimensions of any single element that you click on. I hate having to use the tape measure tool all the time to remeasure a board.

But I still have a lot to learn. I find it very amusing when I haphazardly add a board and change the view only to discover that it is floating in space five feet away from the rest of the project!
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Steve as I rememberfro the vidio
can´t you just let the lower shelf added like a big thrugh tennonjoint
and let it rest on one of the shuolders on the leg , Just a Thought :)

Dennis
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Great video. By the way, I saw someone made a rainstick on instructables.com and they reference you're video as their inspiration to making a Rainstick but with window blinds:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Rainstick-made-from-wood-window-blinds/
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Ahhhh Steve you alway make me laugh! Great vid as always! Keep them coming.
 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

@shopguryl: Yes! Thanks. I was actually planning on adding that element to mimic the lower detail, but I forgot about it. I think I'll add a routed starburst design to it also.

 

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SketchUp, tablesaw sled, and making the front legs

After a lot of help from LumberJocks, I was able to work my way through Google SketchUp and come up with an Art Deco inspired design. I can't believe it took me the whole weekend to make the two front legs, but that's as far as I got. I hope to get much further and maybe complete the unit this weekend.

Regarding measurements, one thing you can do is turn on the "Entity Info" box (Window -> Entity Info). You can also open that window by right-clicking on an object and selecting "Entity Info".

That window will tell you the total surface area of all selected faces, or the total length of all selected edges. It will dynamically update every time you change your selection, so you don't have to keep opening/closing it to view other items. This window also lets you see what color/texture a given surface is using, which has its uses too.

There may be easier ways.
 
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