Drawing a Turning Gouge
Associate Editor, David Heim, asked me for some hints for drawing a turning gouge in SketchUp. I worked up a little video to show my approach. Although I’ve never drawn a gouge before, the process is similar to that used in many other models. When I am drawing detailed features on any model I tend to think about how I would make it if I were working with real wood or metal in this case. For this model I started with a long cylinder-a piece of rod stock. I cut the channel or groove in the side by drawing a shape that represents the volume of space a tool would occupy as it makes the cut. When I got to the bevel, I thought about how the tool would be rolled on the tool rest at the grinder. This showed me that a cone centered on the axis of the cylinder would be needed.
As you draw your models, try thinking it through as though you’re working with real materials. You might find that helpful.