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SketchUp to buy: 18th-century molding

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I’m engaged on a copy of a Seymour Secretary Bookcase, and as anticipated there are distinctive molding shapes requiring handwork. However this handwork will be assisted vastly with a number of shallow ripcuts on the tablesaw. These cuts should be parallel and at exact sawblade heights and distances from the fence. That is the place SketchUp matches in: to outline the sawcut setup. However first let me present you the elements within the Seymour piece that require this technique.

Right here is the pediment for the secretary. It’s on prime of the bookcase on the very prime of the piece. I’ll present you each the meeting and the exploded views.

The problem is discovering a technique to repeat the form of the unique 18th-century crown molding. After all, step one in SketchUp was to seize the profile form from an imported photograph from the museum. Beneath, you’ll be able to see the traced-over white form on the proper finish of the photograph.


Right here is that profile displaying dimensions to set the tablesaw.

And right here is the way it takes care of ripping these positions and depths.

I’ve created a video, proven beneath, of the hand-tool work to attain the ultimate shaping.

And right here is a photograph of the store work on the pediment meeting.




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