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Medallion Magic: Design and Layout of Inlay Patterns

comments (0) February 9th, 2012 in Blogs
TheTimberTailor Matt Jackson, member

Medallion layout ideas for hardwood floor applicationsClick To Enlarge

Medallion layout ideas for hardwood floor applications


Medallion Magic:

Without the Rotate Tool in SketchUp, creating a model with all the lines, faces and angles that comprise a compass medallion would be a rather daunting task. But with a little strategic geometry and applying the Copy capability of the Rotate tool, modelling a complex compass medallion design is almost magic.

Preparation:

Since it's so easy to draw, erase and edit a digital model, not much real preparation is necessary to start a medallion design. All that was necessary for this design was the number of "points" for the compass (16) and a diameter. The beauty of this method is that it's no more trouble to model a 48 point design than a 16 point style or an odd number like 7 or 17 points. Keep in mind that although its cake to draw a more complex design, if someone has to actually cut all those pieces...

This video shows some methods for creating various pieces of a medallion design and duplicating them for a complete pattern:

Starting Point

The medallion examples from this Digital Jobsite post are available from the SketchUp Component Warehouse by clicking here and can serve as a starting point for your design process.

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