Video: Quick and Easy Angled Chair Rail

comments (2) November 11th, 2008 in blogs, videos

DaveRichards David Richards, contributor
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Video Length: 6:45
Produced by: Dave Richards

One of our readers asked me to give hime some ideas related to drawing and angled chair rail SketchUp. I put together a short video demonstrating a quick and easy way to do it. I hope this gives you some ideas.


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DaveRichards DaveRichards writes: CDH, would you be willing to send me your SKP file? I'll see if I can help you out. --Dave
Posted: 5:56 pm on November 14th

CDH CDH writes: I was going to suggest this as a topic. Very interesting, and I learned a general skill: I had been wondering how to "skew" a shape.

I have a related problem -- What if I were drawing a chair with round, bent back posts, e.g., a ladder-back? Let's say I want the side rungs and the bend in the post to be in the same plane. I drew the curve for the bent posts, then used Follow Me to draw the bent post. Then I drew the rungs using push/pull on a circle.

My difficulty came when I tried to orient the side rungs in the same plane as the bend. (I can get them in the same plane as each other easily enough by using the copy tool and locking the inference, but I can't get them oriented in the same plane as the bend. It's hit or miss using the rotate tool from a top view.)

If they are not exactly in the desired plane, the drawing does not look at all like the chair I intend to build. It can look really odd with the rear posts akimbo. I had to give up on a 3-D drawing, and settled for a side view.

I'm self-taught in Sketchup, so maybe this is a very elementary question, but how can I keep track of the orientation of an object without a planar face?
Posted: 8:28 am on November 14th

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