Details — Inserting an Ebony Spline
I’ve been working on a Greene & Greene-inspired bed recently. I needed to add an ebony spline to the corners between the posts and the top rails. Here’s a video to demonstrate how I did it. Since I have the pro version of SketchUp, I could have used the Solid tools to do this but I didn’t for two reasons. First, the method I am showing can be done with the free version. the second reason is that the Solid Tools convert components to groups during the modification. This breaks the component’s relationship to the others in the model. Then I would have to convert the group back to a component and replace the original copies with the new, modified component.
The Solid Tools are great for some things but for my work flow I consider the entire process. In many cases, using Intersect Faces and the Eraser winds up being less work than using those tools.
Toward the end of the video I rounded over the ebony spline using the Round Corner plugin. It makes quick work that.
So without further ado, on with the show.
As requested, here’s a sketch from before the false spline was created.
And after cutting the recess for the false spline.