Sketchup Tutorials #3: Natural slab revisited

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 08-16-2007 02:39 AM 5690 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: About time I started doing these! Part 3 of Sketchup Tutorials series Part 4: Basic Settings »

In the previous post I created a natural edge slab using some existing wood grains and a bark texture I had edited in Photoshop. This time we’ll create a representation of a real slab of cedar that I have.

1st…I took some photos of the slab grain and bark and edited them in Photoshop to crop out any extra.

Slab Grain
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Here’s how to use them in Sketchup

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#1 posted 08-16-2007 02:51 AM

I just stumbled on this. I have been fooling around with SketchUp. This’ll help a lot. Thanks

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 08-16-2007 03:02 AM

Just great, Bob! This is one of the major problems I’ve had with sketchup in trying to visualize my purple mock-up. Thanks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 08-16-2007 05:31 AM

Thanks Bob for the tutorials. I’m trying to figure out this SketchUp program, a lot of power for a dummy like me to master. If you get the chance, would you do a little tutorial on building a small box, say with box joints?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 08-16-2007 01:49 PM

Tom….Purple mockup?

Bill….You can find a box joint tutorial and others that I did previously for FWW at it will be on the second page. You can also find them in the knots forum at FWW or the design,click, build blog.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 08-16-2007 02:30 PM

Thanks for the continuation Bob. I like these small bites. I’ve found that I can watch them right before I go to work in the morning and let my brain soak it up. Then when I review them a 2nd time, they are easy to remember.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#6 posted 08-16-2007 02:51 PM

Thanks Bob … nicely done!

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#7 posted 08-24-2007 03:28 PM

Thanks a lot Bob, this helps a loads. I love using skecthup, and these tutorials are teaching me the thing I did not think it could do, but wished it could. Now I know how. I will be designing my next project soon, so expect a lot of questions from me.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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