La souris est en dessous de la table!

If you haven’t seen Eddie Izzard’s sketch on learning French, click here and come back to this when you’ve stopped laughing.

If you have seen it, then you’ll be disappointed that this post isn’t very funny. Ah well.

I have spent the last couple of weeks thinking about how to  build a dinner table for my new flat. After much advice from Tom Trimmins (the guy whose course I attended last year) I settled for high-quality (Eastern European) Birch Plywood as the material of choice. It’s easy to work with, should hopefully not warp/move and it can actually look really good with its layered edges.

Anyway, due to space restrictions it needed to be a foldy table. A round one. Well, seeing as I’m rubbish at drawing, I thought I’d give 3D modelling a go. I downloaded Google Sketchup and spent the following 5 hours learning how to use it. And below is the result. With shadows and everything.

It’s actually proved really useful as I’ve realised that some of the ideas I had in my head didn’t really work and needed tweaking. Now if you’re still confused by the title, all will become clear when you see the pictures.




table down1

table down2



And here are the parts laid out on a 1220×2440 sheet of plywood.

Table parts

One Comment Add yours

  1. Dad says:

    You should incorporate a small animal in your woodwork like Robert “mousey” Thompson used to do……

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