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How do you draw a leg with two different curves? Of all the questions I get related to drawing in SketchUp, I think this one must rank right up there among the most common. I think I’ve covered this in the past but it is worth considering again.
In this case I’m using a model of a pair of Italian Neo-classical bedside tables. The originals date to around 1835. The legs are a cabriole-style similar to those found in a number of styles of furniture such as Greg Arceneaux’s Louisiana Creole Table , from Fine Woodworking #238, pp. 50-57 December 5, 2013. You might also see a similar idea on some Asian-influenced pieces in which the legs have larger feet and curve gracefully toward the top.
The basic process of creating these legs is very similar to the process you would use in the shop. Starting with a blank large enough to get the leg out of, cut two sides and then cut the other two. In the shop, you would typically tape the first two waste pieces back on to the leg as supports for making cuts three and four. Of course in SketchUp, you don’t need to do that.
To start, draw the full leg blank and make it a component. Here I’ve drawn the rest of the model as well. I find it helpful
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