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Sketchup Models #5: Easiest tappered legs ever

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Blog entry by spaids posted 09-23-2009 04:01 PM 3347 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was doing tapered legs with the follow me tool. It was quick to do tapers and chamfers like that but a light bulb went on in my head a couple minutes ago. With auto fold, tapered legs can be done in a single step as you draw the legs without extra work.

First: draw the leg down from the table to the point where the taper should start.

Second: draw a rectangle on the bottom of the leg that is the size and in the location of the finished tapered leg.

EDIT Then just pull it (oops! don’t use the pull tool) move the surface of the smaller rectangle down to its final length. DUH! Everyone else probably already does it this way but this is a new technique for me and wow is it faster.

Something simple like this would have taken me a long time before. Now I can whip out a table like this is a couple minutes including mortises and tenons.

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 04:07 PM

Hey a quick note here. I just noticed I said to “pull it down to its final length”. I should have said to “move it down to its final length”. You use the move tool to move the surface of the smaller rectangle down in the blue axis. If you use the push/pull tool it will no auto fold and you do not get a taper.

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 04:45 PM

nice

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 04:54 PM

Yea I make a component of the leg. Then you only cut the mortise once. err… twice.. There is one on each inside face. Its a shame how I have to learn things on my own for it to stick. I’m betting this method is in every tutorial ever and somehow I’ve missed it.

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 05:13 PM

Sure man that would be great. Trouble is figuring out what to work on.

THANKS!

hmmm You ever think of hosting a session with several people? I wonder how many PC’s can connect with skype and video before your bandwidth is choked out?

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 02:17 AM

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#6 posted 09-24-2009 03:23 AM

Hey don’t sweat it Dave. Just roll with it.

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 07:06 PM

The ability to move lines and afect the entire mass of the object is one of the best features of Sketchup…

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#8 posted 09-24-2009 09:25 PM

Hmm here is a wiered anomaly with my leg method. It appears that the tapper can not be to a point where the end is less than half of the original width.

I guess it might be better to just draw guide lines on the bottom of the foot and move the sides over to make the tapper.

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#9 posted 09-24-2009 09:32 PM

I guess the second easiest tapered legs would be done like this?

This topic is probably to simple to keep anyone’s interest but I am finding that the move tool is having a revolutions in my sketchup use. I never touched it two weeks ago and now its my go to tool.

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#10 posted 09-25-2009 01:53 PM

Dave I think your diagonal line is the trick. I have done Bently’s way and it is also fast and easy but it does require extra moves with the creation of the reference lines and then deleting them. I think if the final taper is smaller than or equal to half the size of the original width then the diagonal line and then a move of the surface is the least moves. In the end we are talking about a difference of about 8 seconds but over a life time of sketchups that could add up to like … what… a half hour? We have now all just gained a half hour to our lives! Although I spent more time than that on this thread. hmmm I guess we broke even.

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