Legare desk clone #1: Reverse engineering with sketchup

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Blog entry by Roswell posted 04-19-2012 06:55 PM 2132 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi there. Ever see something IKEA-like that you’d like to build? Well, I found this corner desk that would be perfect for my wife now that she’s working on upgrading her education. They were kind enough to provide schematics and a few dimensions. Using those, I was able to import the drawings into Sketch Up, trace them, and then scale them according to some of the dimensions provided online.

It took me several weeks to lay everything out in sketchup, but I’ve got 4 little kids, and sometimes it’s hard just to find time to take a shower. I’ve been laying it out on 3/4 Birch, and the first piece I cut came out nicer than I had expected. The local ‘wholesale lumber’ yard has cabinet grade Birch for $28 a sheet, where Lowe’s wants $39. It’ll take two sheets, plus mistakes. I’ve got about a third of it cut out. After that, it’s time for me to invest in an HVLP of some fashion, or I’ll be there for ever. Many thanks to all of you who have posted reviews on here.

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 02:05 AM

That’s a nice looking desk. Hope you post some in progress and finished pics. Nice that you were able draw it out. Good luck with the build


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#2 posted 04-20-2012 11:49 PM

Hey, I just created a video about modeling IKEA stuff in Sketchup! I found that by using the assembly instructions on their website, and referencing the pictures and dimensions they provide, you can create a fairly accurate model of anything in the IKEA catalog using Sketchup. Step by step instructions along with how to overlay your model over a picture using the photomatch tool.

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