Big Piece with Many Small Details

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I just finished a very large piece, a Seymour Secretary Bookcase, circa 1800. Of course, I worked the design in SketchUp over several months, built up from photographs and text information in the book by Robert D. Mussey Jr., “The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour”. The piece is actually five separate structures – a Lower Case, an Outer Tambour Box, an Inner Tambour Box, a Bookcase, and a Pediment. These structures are shown below.

Within these large structures are a number of very small details. I’ll identify just a few of these below that demonstrate the ability of SketchUp to manage these intricate designs.

The very small bell flowers on the lower leg:

Several Bookcase Details:

Some Small Parts in the Pediment:

The Gothic Arches in the Inner Tambour Box:

The Pilasters in the Outer Tambour Box:

The Key Escutcheon for the Drawers with Carving Gauge sizes:

The Capture Screw for the Tambour Lock:

Then there is the Glass Painting Full-size Template:

Here is a link to a video on how I used that template to paint the Bookcase Door Glass:


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