A Sheraton Leg in SketchUp
Watching Philip C. Lowe’s current video series showing how to make a Sheraton-style leg got me to thinking about drawing it in SketchUp. The turned portions at the top and bottom are fairly straightforward Follow Me operations but the tapered reeded section in the middle adds a little bit of complexity. As I began to draw the leg I was wondering about what plugins I could use to create that section. After beating the over-engineer in me back into his cave, I decided the simplest approach doesn’t need any plugins at all.
I used the PDF plan file for the leg rather than inventing my own design but there’s really no reason you couldn’t use most of this process to draw your own designs.
I did take a little bit of time to break down the leg into smaller components which I then copied using the copy function of the Rotate tool which is accessed by hit the Ctrl key or Option on Mac. Using copies of components of smaller sections helps to keep the file sizer down. It also makes it easier to modify the leg component if needed for other projects. The length of the leg can be changed and you could replace the reeded section with a straight taper or flutes or what have. You could replace the foot or the top section with something different without redrawing the whole leg.
If you haven’t seen it, take a look at Mr. Lowe’s website. I think there’s a lot of nice work there that will inspire you
The file size of the leg as drawn ended up at about 370 Kb. I exploded all the components and it saved out at almost 2Mb.