Designing a Draftman's Table with SketchUp

By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

This month I will describe my process for designing a draftsman's table. I came across a similar design in a furniture catalog and thought it would make a nice project for the article. I designed this project by eye, making the parts, proportions and scale relate to one another. Once the model is complete, you can tweak the scale as you see fit and use the "tape measure" tool to adjust the model to a standard height. You may notice the format of this article has changed a bit. I hope the new style will be easier to follow. The video tutorial links common in the previous articles can now be found in the video glossary below. Each article will have a list of the tools and techniques used in the project. At the end of each project based instruction you will find working drawings prepared in LayOut, a companion program to the pro version of SketchUp. The PDF can be downloaded to a jump drive and printed full size (24"x36") at Kinkos or a similar print shop for a few dollars a page.


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I hope you found this project interesting. I recognize the irony of designing a drafting table in SketchUp. For me, the table invokes a sense of creativity that is at home in any shop or creative space.  If you would like to try to build a table like this one, construction documents with general demensions and plan details can be found attached in the PDF that's illustrated below.  Feel free to contact me with any project requests by e-mail. See you next month. 


Previous Wood News articles about using Free SketchUp Design Software:

SketchUp: 3D Modeling for Woodworkers

Creating Turned Models with SketchUp, Part 1

Creating Turned Models with SketchUp, Part 2

Using SketchUp to Design Your Workshop

3-D Furniture Design Using SketchUp, Part 1

3-D Furniture Design Using SketchUp, Part 2

Build a Toolbox: From SketchUp to CNC Machine

Take SketchUp to the Next Level with Ruby Plugins

How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation Using SketchUp, Part 1

How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation Using SketchUp, Part 2

Designing a Work Bench with SketchUp

Sean Headrick, a former Atlantan once seen frequently at Highland Woodworking, now lives in San Jose, California where he does woodworking and design. His website is Sean was interviewed by Wood News in 2007.

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