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 www.newcalshop.com