Maloof and Templates by SketchUp

comments (4) October 13th, 2010 in blogs

Killenwood Tim Killen, contributor
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I believe it is a record for me - that is, the number of templates used in one piece of furniture. Without them I would be lost. There are no square angles on a Maloof design - this one, an "occasional chair". Although it takes some time to model-up the chair, SketchUp delivers the products that enable my building of such a complex piece. I am sharing this design with my students who are also in the process of replicating the chair.

Here is a picture of the templates……

We've covered the process for producing full-size templates in several previous blog entries. There are only a few things to remember:

1.  You need to using a standard camera view such as Front, Right Side, Left Side, or Top View
2. Your Camera needs to be set for Parallel Projection (not the normal Perspective)
3. And in the Print Dialog Box, make sure you uncheck Fit to Page, and set scale to 1:1

When I'm working in the shop, I print these full-size pages on my standard 8 1/2 x 11 printer straight from SketchUp. You can do this in your free version. I patch the pages together and stick to poster board.

Here is the SketchUp model……

And here is the roughed-out band-sawed assembly in silver maple (spindles in ash)……

Of course, there is plenty of work to go - all the sculpturing and shaping that is the essence of a Maloof. I suppose you could also sculpture and shape in SketchUp, but I find this too difficult and really unnecessary. I'm happy to have the rough band-sawed version in SketchUp. I don't need SketchUp for the artistic expression with hand tools.


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Comments (4)

fgwilliamson fgwilliamson writes: Oops! My email is for any direct reply to my prior posting.

Fred Williamson
Posted: 9:55 pm on November 30th

fgwilliamson fgwilliamson writes: Tim,
I, also, would like to receive email from you about the answer to the above question. Is the *.skp file for the Maloof chair available from you or through FWW? I have made chairs and have used SketchUp extensively for my woodworking for a number of years - started with v5_Free and currently use v8_Pro. I have learned a lot though from your postings and from your SketchUp downloadable PDF file sold by FWW.

Fred Williamson
Posted: 9:54 pm on November 30th

Killenwood Killenwood writes: To hbowern: We can discuss on email -

Posted: 12:58 pm on October 14th

hbowern hbowern writes: Are you putting the model up on Fine Woodworking store?
Posted: 10:52 am on October 14th

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