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Each year, I’ve been attending the Williamsburg Conference “Working Wood in the 18th Century”. It has always been educational, instructional, and inspirational. After returning home each year, I have a list of new ideas for the shop and for SketchUp.
This year’s program topic was corner cupboards, dining tables, and sideboards furnishing the early Southern Dining Room. A very ornate and beautiful table from MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts), was a major project for the Williamsburg Cabinetmakers this year. The piece is called the Buckland and Sears Sideboard Table.
It shows off an enormous amount of carving including a beautiful Egg and Dart design. Or as the Williamsburg cabinets say, Egg and Tongue.
Here is the carving performed on stage by Bill Pavlak. I will show in this video how I would re-create this egg and dart design in SketchUp. As I’ve shown before in previous Blog posts, I import the photo, make it full-size, and trace over the shapes with the line and arc tools.
Here is my traceover of the shapes in the picture. When I turn on X-ray, you can see the background picture while tracing.
This is the profile cross section shape of
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