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Forum topic by Chiefwoodworker posted 1972 days ago 2335 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chiefwoodworker

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1972 days ago

For those of you interested in Google SketchUp for drawing cabinets and furniture, I have just released Part 5A “An Intermediate Google SketchUp Tutorial”. This tutorial teaches you how to draw cabriole legs like those below.

Cabriole Legs Drawn & Textured In SketchUp

I also have a beginner’s tutorial series which you can find on my Google SketchUp page. These tutorials are free and include a MS Word version which can be downloaded.

-- Joe.....


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#1 posted 1972 days ago

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the compliment. Yes, the extra work is intentional to give the student an escape route, a place to go back to, if he/she accidentally destroys their work. If I were drawing it for my self there would be at most two layers (one for the template). But I figure once the student grasps the technique they are smart enough to simplify it.

I just ran across your Queen Ann tutorial two days ago when I was doing some background research on cabriole legs. I had already drawn these legs months ago for a handkerchief table I am going to build for my daughter-in-law. I read your and Tim’s stuff a lot though and really like your work.

My blog and tutorials are a hobby, I am retired and unemployed. Mostly I do woodworking, but SketchUp has really caught my interests and the tutorials are my way of learning the tool. Writing them forces me to learn more about SketchUp and hopefully helps others.

-- Joe.....

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#2 posted 1969 days ago

Cabriole Table

I just released An Intermediate Google SketchUp Tutorial – Part 5B, which concludes Part 5. In this installment we completed the cabriole legs we started in Part 5A. As an example of tables that use the cabriole leg I made a quick and dirty modification to the Office Table. It uses the top we drew in Part 3 of this tutorial series. See the picture at right (also attached). The knee in this example extends entirely between the legs. Often it is just a brace that finishes the look of the leg. I am not proposing this design as an example of period furniture; it is a mock up to show what cabriole legs might look like in a finished piece.

In the next and final installation of An Intermediate Google SketchUp Tutorial we will attempt a carving, that is the drawing of an oft used carving in woodworking. I think you will like it.

-- Joe.....

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