Subscribe now and save up to 56%
Often woodworkers have a piece of furniture that they would like to replicate. A few photographs imported to SketchUp can enable this process, but it helps to know what pictures to take and at what positions and angles.
In the following video, I’ll import a picture of a Shaker Rocker. I’ll pick the side view and import as an image. When you import, the picture will tend to position on an axis of SketchUp based on the camera position. If you are looking down on the axes, the picture will flip to the red-green plane. I like my scanned pictures to come in on the red-blue, so I orbit down to force that position. Click the mouse and raise up to any size.
I find that it is most helpful if there are straight-on side, front and top photographs. But it can be even more helpful if the pictures are taken perpendicular to the major planes in the piece of furniture.
Consider this Shaker rocker. It has three major planes – the side that is oblique, the ladder back at an angle or inclination, and the top of the seat or top of the arms also at an angle. The best pictures are ones taken perpendicular to these three planes.
In the first view, you can see that the picture is taken perpendicular to the splay of the side of the chair. So this means I can get a good trace-over of the parts in this side view on this plane or face.
In the second Front View Picture, I’ve taken the photograph perpendicular to the face of the ladder back that slants backward. This view gives me a good palette to traceover the ladder back shape.
Now we need the top view to get the shape of the arms. I know the dimension from center to center and can scale this image to full size.
These three images give me an excellent palette for sizing up and shaping all the chair’s components.
Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox
Become a member today
Get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content.
Subscribe to Fine Woodworking
Save up to 56%
Excellent. Just needed to do this for a client and found the video most helpful. Perfect timing. ;) Thanks!
Carl Swensson's woodworking skills go very, very deep. But they go wide as well.
Make something fun while learning new skills
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
Become a member today and get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content!
Plus tips, advice, and special offers from Fine Woodworking.
In-depth online classes from the experts at Fine Woodworking.
Browse our collection of hundreds of quality plans including Shaker furniture, Arts and Crafts pieces, beds, diy plans, chairs, workbenches, tool storage, and more.
© 2016 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Become a member and get instant access to thousands of videos, how-tos, tool reviews, and design features.
Start your subscription today and save up to 56%