Modeling Continuous Curves Across Parts in SketchUp
Creating this continuous curve in the shop is fairly straightforward. Assemble the parts and fair the curve. In SketchUp it's a little different.
It’s not unusual in furniture design to have curves that run continuously across different parts. You can see this in furniture such as a Bombé dresser or this Louisiana Creole Table designed by Greg Arceneaux.
Creating this continuous curve in the shop is fairly straightforward. Assemble the parts and fair the curve. In SketchUp it’s a little different, though. Well, at least it is if you’ve used separate components for each of the parts. I had to do this recently when I created the model of Philip Morley’s Modern Dining Table for the plans. The process isn’t very difficult and it can be made easier with a few shortcuts.
The same basic process can also be used to transfer geometry from one component to another. In this video I’ll show you how to do both of these things.
This is done with native tools although I used a couple of extensions when I drew the curves for the leg and apron. Those extensions are Bezier Spline and TIG-Weld which are both available from Sketchucation. There are several other extensions that could be used for these operations, too.
I hope you can find something useful to take away from this.