Curved Surfaces in SketchUp
I’ve been wanting to do another blog post to demonstrate handling curved surfaces in SketchUp. While trolling the internet the other day I came across this side table by Robert Sukrachand that has some very lovely curves. Robert very kindly gave me permission to use it as the basis for this exercise. You’ll note that I didn’t try to make an exact duplicate of Robert’s table.
This is the sort of design for which a 3D model can be very useful. 2D elevations wouldn’t really do it justice and it would be difficult to get a good idea of what the piece would look like from different angles. With a 3D model we can look at it from any direction.
My drawing of the table is drawn with the idea of being a conceptual drawing instead of a construction model. There’s lots of eyeballing in this one but you could certainly draw something like this with specific dimensions in mind.
When I first saw Robert’s table I did a quick little pencil sketch as a record. I scanned it and imported it into SketchUp so I could look at it while I was drawing. You don’t have to do this but I find it handy to have the reference in the model so I don’t have to change my focus by looking away from the screen. These progressive lenses take some getting used to.