The recent Sketchup Challenge at LumberJocks inspired me to abandon Visio as a drawing tool and learn Sketchup. Sketchup will clearly save hours of drawing time, but learning the tool is taking some time. To develop my skills, I started drawing something I’ve already built, an Inkle Loom, and plan to revise the plans to increase the weaving capacity.
What I’ve found is that the basics are easily mastered, but the tool is so powerful, I want to do more than I ever would have considered in Visio. For example, I want to round all the edges of the tensioning arm and put the inclined plane on the screws and nuts. Is this crazy?
Anyway, this weekend I wrote about my reactions to Sketchup and posted a the current drawing for the Tensioner Arm (the .skp link is at the bottom of the post). I’m hoping those of you who participated in the Sketchup Challenge earlier this year will be able to suggest ways of doing the round over on the tip and back edge of the object. I keep losing the skin on the curves when I attempt it.
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