Fencing Lessons... Designing a Picket Fence with SketchUpcomments (0) January 20th, 2011
Whatever fence design style you envision, the methods used in creating the fencepost in this first of 3 video clips should apply. By using the "drawing plane" method and the "follow me" tool, its easy to create a profile and turn it into a sculpted post.
Making a picket component and adding profile lines (picket lines) its possible to design a profiled fence slat without going on strike. This video clip should give you some insight into fleshing out any design ideas you have in mind:
The steps in this last-in-the-series video show how I bring together the elements for this particular fence design. By duplicating components, making a final change to the picket component and finally applying one of SketchUp's many "styles", the finished rendering gives a pretty good idea of how a finished fence would look. Bryce looks on, evaluating the design and tactfully refraining from critique.
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