Copper Patina Gate II #1: Sketching Up

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Blog entry by newTim posted 06-29-2009 07:42 AM 4564 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I finally joined the ranks of all you pro-Sketchuppers. I watched some of the videos a while back and didn’t get it. Tonight I watched the first five videos from the Sketchup for Woodworkers website and it all became real clear. At least enough to make a decent model. Acknowledgements and thanks go out to Rob Cameraon for all his efforts.

And so it begins… I imported a photo from my first gate’s patina taken before I messed it up with wax. I think it still turned out good, but you can seem many more colors in this shot. The old gate is hanging from a frame made out of 1 1/8” galvanized metal pipe. It was pretty easy to duplicate it in the model. I’m thinking about adding two horizontal rails across the back of the gate’s frame to attach to the pipe frame. This gate will be 1 1/2” thick versus 2”, a little wider, same height, and will have a flatter curve (30” radius). Now with sketchup I will be able to test some different designs before cutting any wood. I’m hooked.

And here’s the first gate for comparison.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 06-29-2009 05:49 PM

Good Job Tim , I really like Sketchup also, its a very handy program {:o) I’m not sure if you’ve started using the follow me tool yet it can really help in designing here’s some vases and bowls and an office chair I going to start.

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office chair

You can put bullnose Etc. on a project not to mention a multitude of other aspects it can do…

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 06-29-2009 11:56 PM

I’ve only used the push/pull tool, but did see the demo. Looks very easy and powerful. Sketchup is a blast.

-- tim hill

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#3 posted 06-30-2009 07:37 AM

Very cool well done

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