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The Most Challenging SketchUp Model Ever

The Deluxe Cross Cut Station

The Deluxe Cross Cut Station – click an image to enlarge.

Note the screws, bolts, etc. I did not draw the Kreg parts.

Note the screws, bolts, etc. I did not draw the Kreg parts.

The back side with tons of visible screws.

The back side with tons of visible screws.

At long last, I have completed the most difficult SketchUp model of all time. This is the third model I have created for Sawtooth Ideas. They have begun adding woodworking plans from magazines like Woodcraft and Woodworkers Journal. SketchUp models are needed to drive Sawtooth Ideas’ proprietary and super cool software called IdeaRoom. This software is like a SketchUp viewer on steroids because not only does it let you spin a woodworking project around in 3D, IdeaRoom also enables you to explode and isolate parts. You can zoom in and take an up close and personal look at the various parts of a project as well as the needed joinery. You can do this from a PC, iPad or smartphone. Showing IdeaRoom to your woodworking buddies will always lead to this standard response: “COOL!”

I have created a number of SketchUp models, but with close to 300 screws which have to be accurately positioned, this is easily the hardest. I would like to paint the model with a birch plywood texture and add some other color here and there, but even in it’s basic white color, the model is already testing my desktop computer’s ability to keep up with my commands.

Also slightly challenging was properly naming all the components and the slight variations of one part to the next. Case in point is the case which forms each lower cabinet box. Most all of the sides are different in some way; the same goes for the top. Each of these parts have to be identified individually.

I am going to take a few days off from SketchUp, but I have two personal projects to complete: begin the design of my next woodworking project and start the requested illustration of a friend’s workbench.

UPDATE: There are more than 400 screws in this model.

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