After years of being slightly aware of SketchUp
, the free 3D CAD modeling software developed by Google, (now owned by Trimble), I decided it was time to give it a whirl. I was motivated by the excellent Google SketchUp Tips and Resources
post on HomeFixated.com and followed the link to download
the program. After watching a few of the tutorial videos, I felt reasonably confident in using the software; I dove headfirst into the deep-end of high-tech design wizardry.
|It's easier than it looks!|
It's fun to see it modeled, and clean
in 3D, with the real workhorse stabled in my workshop. The story on building the real one can be found here: Building a Miter Saw Bench - Economical but Beefy!
Apparently, I like to do things completely bass-ackwards. I built this project first in the real world, many-many months before introducing it to the digital realms. I had done a quick and simple pencil and paper sketch in my Moleskine Classic Notebook
before jumping right into sawing lumber, and screwing screws with the Kreg Jig
, redesigning and
adjusting my half-baked plan as I built.
This bad-ass bench has been in real-word, front-line combat, supporting the mighty DeWalt 12-Inch Slide Compound Miter Saw
in its sawdust-spraying missions for quite a while.
|Right before the maiden voyage.|
You can see the general assembly in the photo above. The difference is, with the 3D model, I can do the Tony Stark design move, exploding and spinning it to show you the structure.
|This is exactly how Iron Man was designed. Exactly.|
Plus, the whole thing can be disassembled in mere moments to a virtual lumberyard of precision-cut and stacked loveliness. Enjoy the parts list in its gleaming, three-dimensional-ness:
|Because parts is parts|
- Vertical Structure: 10 ea. 2x4's (1.5" x 3.75" actual) x 29 1/4" long
- Bins: 4 ea. I actually built these for another project from 1/2" plywood and a 1/4" bottom. I used a dovetail jig, but it's not necessary for simple tool bins. 10.5" wide x 6.5" high x 16.25" long.
- Swivel Castors: 4 ea. I bought these 3" heavy-duty, locking swivel castors at Harbor Freight
- Bin Rack - back stop: 4 ea. - pine 0.5" x 1" x 14.25" (made from planed pallet wood)
- Bin Rack - rails: 8 ea. pine 0.5" x 1" x 21" (made from planed pallet wood)
- Top and Bottom Depth Structure: 10 ea. 2x4's (1.5" x 3.75" actual) x 21" long
- Base blocks: 4 ea. 2x4's (1.5" x 3.75" actual) x 3.75" long - for mounting the castors
- Top and Bottom cover: 2 ea. 1/2" plywood 24" x 96" (8 feet)
- Top and Bottom Width Structure: 4 ea. 2x4's (1.5" x 3.75" actual) x 96" (8 feet) long
- Work surface Center: 3/4" White thermally-fused melamine coated particle board 24" x 24"
- Work Surface Right: 3/4" White thermally-fused melamine coated particle board 24" x 23"
- Work Surface Center: 3/4" White thermally-fused melamine coated particle board 24" x 42"
- Two Drawer File Cabinet: (not shown above)
What do you think? SketchUp or actually sketch it up?
|No, it's not a Leonardo da Vinci original, but I see how you might think so.|
Personally, I'm leaning towards starting my next project with SketchUp and finding my mistakes earlier. I'll still use the beloved Moleskine notebook though.
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If you build a version of my Economical Miter Saw Workbench, please send me some pics and a description. I'd love to feature your project here.