Woodworking Design Software Does Tapered Legs
Just a Small Cut Makes a Big Difference
A long time SketchList 3D user emailed asking how I would do a leg with multiple tapers. I took a few minutes to do a video to show the steps.
So that’s the digital world. In the physical world the Woodworkers Guild of America has a decent video on You Tube (CLICK).
Tapering two versus four sides is a matter of taste and eye. Of course cutting the four sides give you a more delicate look. One advantage of doing the legs in woodworking design software is you can do it both ways and compare the two approaches.
Now a word on process. What I do is design one leg and position it as necessary. The slider bars in SketchList 3D V4 are great for that. Then I clone it and position the clone.
If the leg has four tapers – then the way it sits in the design doesn’t matter. There’s a taper on every edge. BUT if your leg has two tapers – well after you clone it or use the clone and mirror function – you may want to rotate it to have the tapered sides face the right directions.
Because Version 4 allows changing all three sizes of a board (width, height, depth) it is easy to size the board as necessary.
So the video for designing a tapered leg is on You Tube (CLICK HERE).