Did you by chance use the pattern feature? Let me check it out really quickly.
Okay, one thing I’m finding…I can create the sketch lines, and use the pattern function to get them lined up. However, if I extrude them and try to align them after extruding, it becomes an issue. Still working on it.
I just picked up an xTool P2 laser cutter, and one of the things I want to use it for is for bowties and marquetry. Is that cheating? I figure I can make the router template with the laser cutter, then cut the actual bowties from walnut or ebony. I know there’s a kerf to figure out, but I’m kind of excited about the possibilities. We have a pretty live edge wood table that the builder just glued up and didn’t use biscuits or anything…we live in a very dry climate, and it’s starting to crack. Hmmm…maybe an excuse to buy one of those Festool joinery thingies.
And because it’s 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday, and I can’t sleep, here’s a quick and dirty video of how I made the pattern. Anyone want to chime in on the best way to extrude this? I extruded them, but couldn’t get them to line up correctly…and these circles are small, a whopping 4mm. Use whatever dimension you’d like, but when you create the pattern, multiple the circle diameter by three to get the overall dimension.
I see several steps i missed and just learned how to do.
You made it look so easy
Yesterday me and a friend talked about this on the phone and he has a laser on his cnc so he tried to cut out som on veneer but then we figured out all the errors because the did not fit.
I am going to cut it out on my laser also and also hand cut them just for fun.
If you cut them out on laser you need to compensate for the laser also to make it a snugg fit.
I live in Sweden and was upp all night trying to figure out what i did wrong.
Now its 10am here and ill try follow your video.
Thanx for explaining it so good and taking the time to help
Did you have to extract the pieces? That’s probably a feature request…something I appreciate with SketchUp. If you extract something (push/pull tool), then double-click the next surface, it will repeat the push/pull operation. Then you can close the object as a component, and it’s easy to repeat. I used this technique a lot when designing tile patterns.
Whew! Good thing I didn’t use the US measurement system! I had a woodworking class once where we spent two whole class sessions (4 hours!) learning how to convert imperial measurements to decimal inches. A girl from Sweden was in our class and laughed the entire time.
I’m usually using CAD for jewelry design these days, hence the reason I started out so small (4mm!!). Luckily, it scaled up.
And I don’t know the kerf of my xTool P2 yet, but I think it’s a 55w CO2 laser and not as fine as some of the diode lasers. It’s hiding in the garage under some boxes because I haven’t told my husband I bought it yet.
Please share with us the final snuff box when you’re done, if you don’t mind. Beautiful design.
Yes i had to check them all separetly but then you can raise all checked.
I saw you use zbrush i think its called and i was trying that a while back but just played arround .
That is a massive software to learn.
I ended upp with a cool skull ring for a friend that i 3d printed out as a test.
Yeah i know how that gurl must have felt.
I am in a cnc class online and all is in inches all the time.
I just use a converter online to get the rough measurements while we are live.
I know the feeling on buying stuff and not telling people
As a woodworker and furniture maker you need to always buy new machines.
My acountant asked why i need 2lasers, 4computers ,3d printers, cnc maching , and all the hand tools
Ill post a picture here on the marquetry and snuffbox when they are done.
I also just started drawing on whiskey smoker tools to sell in sweden.
Might go to workshop today to cut some out.
Sadly i have to go to the other side of Stockholm city to get to my workshop .
Would have been nuce to have closer as my friend has he just need to go downstairs
Nice algorithm for developing the pattern.
I also miss that aspect of SU’s Push/Pull tool. To extrude the pieces, could you select each of them, then execute the extrude on the entire selection? The Extrude arrow only shows on the last item selected, but all should move in unison. I’ve done this rather than select/extrude one-by-one in some of my previous projects…
Jonas, how large are the pieces? Can/did you cut/punch them out with a carving gouge?
To clarify, in the explanation video CurlyBee was individually selecting a part then extruding it. This process was repeated multiple times to extrude each piece. They were asking for a “quicker” method…
Since I didn’t see a response to this question, I answered with this.