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    SketchUp Practice

    I haven't posted any practice pieces for awhile so I thought I'd share this one. It's a small Sheraton-style table based loosely on one by Mario Rodriguez. I was really only interested in the legs when I started. They turned out to be pretty simple so I doodled up the table. There's probably going to be a tutorial on parts of this in case there's interest.

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    I would be interested. Might be good practice for me to go back and re-draw my high chair for plans.
    Darren

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    That leg turned out to be deceptively easy....



    I drew a 12-sided circle.
    Drew a half-circle arc on the flat of one of the sides.
    Cut a pie slice and made it a component.
    I extruded it
    I scaled one end of it to make the taper.
    I then did a radial copy of the component
    Then I built a cone and made it a group
    I copy/pasted the cone into the component and did an "intersect with context"
    then deleted the group and the waste portions of the component
    finally traced a line on the component so Sketchup would re-fill the arc


    I'm sure there was a better way to cut the angle, but I'm supposed to be working in my physical shop downstairs, not the digital one up here!
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    Darren, it would be good practice to go back and redraw your high chair. I'm sure you would find easier ways the next time around.

    David, that's a good start although it quite a few more steps than I used. Get back to work!

    Here's a close up of the front. should give you an idea of the profile at the top. the tops of the reeds are cut off with a curve instead of a flat.

    Last edited by Dave Richards; 01-26-2015 at 12:53 PM.
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    I don't know about quite a few... I think a better method to make the angled tops would be to select the half circle, then use the rotate tool to bend it down. However, that's still extra steps b/c you have to build an angled wall at half the angle (15*) between the two sides of the pie and set the Rotate tool's angle to that.

    That's for a flat reed top.

    Other than using a bunch of extensions, I don't see how you could do a more complicated curved cut with fewer steps.

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    No extensions were used to make the reeded section or cut off the tops of them. In fact, I used only one extension while drawing the entire leg and that was to draw some of the curves in the turned sections.

    I didn't build any angled walls or do most of the steps you came up with.

    It sounds like you have a pretty good idea of how you would draw it so we'll leave it at that.
    Irony: The opposite of Wrinkly

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    Like Darren, I'd be interested to see how you do it so efficiently.

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    The tutorial is written but we'll have to wait for it to be published.
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