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04-08-2011 10:31 PM

I just released An Intermediate SketchUp Tutorial – Part 5A The Video Version. You can find it at http://www.srww.com/blog/?p=1529 . This part is approximately 43 minutes long. In Part 5 I show you how to draw cabriole legs. I have broken Part five into to parts: In Part 5A we draw the upper section of the leg and the pad; In Part 5B we bring the two parts together and smooth all the edges. The tools used are very similar to Part 4; namely the Cubic Bezier Curve tool and the Intersect Faces tool. But the techniques are different owing to the fact that we have to stitch together a relatively square leg and a round pad. Then the joint must blens smoothly, much as we would do in the shop with rasps and files. The modeled legs, textured with cherry, can be seen at http://www.srww.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/cabriole_leg_set.png . An Office Table with cabriole legs is shown at http://www.srww.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/cabriolelegtable.png.

Part 5B will be out in a week or so, and it is the last installment in the intermediate series of SketchUp tutorials. I have some ideas for an advanced series, but those will not begin until next winter. But now it is time to get back in the shop and make saw dust.

-- Joe.....


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#1 posted 04-09-2011 04:26 PM

Joe, thanks for these videos. I have learned quite a bit from them but still have some issues sometimes.
Which part has the most info on the Followme tool? I have more issues with that than almmost anything else, I seem to get only paert of the peice to do the followme alot. Like I wanted to make a cove around 3 sides of a flat board as a base for a jewel box and even after marking the path for followme to take I would get the cove on only 1 or 2 of the sides. It took me several attempts to get it right and I am not sure exactly what I did different that time than the others. I am going to try to practice on that some this weekend.

Thanks

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 05:52 PM

Richard,

The Follow Me tool should be easy to use. The problem is the way the Google tutorials and manual teach it is troublesome. Google teaches that you should follow a path with the cursor. Depending on the shape of the path and the shape of the face being extruded, this is very error prone.

There are two very simple and automatic ways to use the Follow Me tool, and they have never failed me.

1. If your model has a surface you want to extrude a profile around (such as a bevel or arc on a table top edge) first draw the profile on one end of the model(table top end for example). Then with the Select tool select the surface whose perimeter will be the path. Next chose the Follow Me tool and with its cursor select the face of the profile. You are done.

2. Draw your profile. With the Select tool select all line segments of the path (they must be contiguous – no spaces). Select the Follow Me tool. With its cursor select the face of the profile you wish to extrude. You are done.

Works every time. I think Part 5 of the Beginner’s tutorial uses the Follow Me tool as does Parts 1,2,3 & 5A of the Intermediate series. If yo still have problems contact me at jpz@srww.com and be sure to attach a copy of your .skp file.

-- Joe.....

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 06:03 PM

Joe, thanks for the tips. I will go back thru your tutorials and try to pay better attenion this time and try them as soon as I get a chance.
Right now the sun seems to be coming out so I can get my tools out and try to make a bit of sawdust.

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 06:17 PM

Sounds like a good plan Richard.

-- Joe.....

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#5 posted 04-10-2011 06:32 AM

Joe , I got it working . Seems that Option 2 works best for me right now but I will work on Option 1 to get it down as well.

Again Thanks for all the extra help and the videos that got me started.

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#6 posted 04-10-2011 02:22 PM

Richard,

As you have discovered the two methods work for different cases. The may not both work on the same case, but one of the two will always work and I have never seen them produce partial results like following a path does.

-- Joe.....

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