Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chip Carving with SketchUp

Its nice to be able to add surface treatments to wood turnings. What is even more NICE is not to have to hand draw them.
I recently started up my "chip carving" skills and you will see some highlighted on my up and comming humidors like the last post on "Threaded Vessels".
SketchUp is an ideal tool for chip carving patterns because it is good at repeating geometries, sizing, printing to scale etc. which is what chip carving patterns are all about.
I just open my "Virutal Lathe*" and use the quadrile pad for a 2D drawing space. Then I print it full scale followed by tracing (with grafite paper) it on the surface of the blank.
The initials on the Humidor over at "Turnedoutright" are chip carved on a Basswood medallion then affixed to the humidor.

*The Virtual Lathe is the workspace that comes with teh book "Woodturning with SketchUp".

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