Best photos for SketchUp – FineWoodworking

Predominantly, my sources for furnishings copy are images. More often than not I discover these images in books and on museum web sites. Sometimes, the images are from woodworkers utilizing iPhones or equal. Just lately, one in every of my college students despatched me a number of images of a kid’s rocking chair. This was a household heirloom and the coed was anxious to start out a copy. Nonetheless, rocking chairs are troublesome, with plenty of formed and turned elements linked at irregular angles. So I used to be requested to create the SketchUp mannequin with its attendant detailed, dimensioned, and annotated Scenes, together with full-size templates.

The coed supplied various images at numerous angles, some close-ups and others of the whole rocker. SketchUp comes with two methods of dealing with images—the easy “Import” and the extra refined “Photograph Match.” As there aren’t any proper angles in rocking chairs, the Photograph Match possibility won’t work. Subsequently, my solely possibility was Import. I may import the present images, however none had been ultimate for capturing shapes, angles, and sizes. They had been taken at numerous angles (not straight-on or perpendicular to surfaces) and reasonably shut with plenty of perspective. Ideally, you desire to Orthographic-like photos Prime, Entrance, and Facet views.

Three different angles of a rocking chair, optimizing views for SketchUp.
I requested the coed to take three photos, all straight-on perpendicular, Facet, Entrance, and Prime. I informed him to face far-off from the rocker, say 25 toes or so, utilizing zoom to fill the display. This setup meant that we had been eradicating a lot of the attitude and rising the possibilities of an orthographic depiction.

These had been ultimate for the subsequent step in capturing the sizes and styles of elements in SketchUp. After aligning these to the SketchUp pink, inexperienced and blue axes, and sizing them full measurement, I used to be prepared for the hint over of the elements.

Above is an instance of my hint over for the Facet View. I don’t do the turnings at this stage, simply create the half profiles as you’ll be able to see for the spindles and stretchers.

Right here is my present mannequin with the tough elements. There’s far more to be achieved—creating all of the part detailed dimensioned Scenes, and the joinery. I’ve labored out Sighting Traces on the Seat for drilling angles.


Tim Killen



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