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    Default Making a Fluted Column

    I posted this earlier in a different thread. I think it's more appropriate here.

    Have you ever wondered how to draw a fluted column with the flutes spaced to give a 3D appearance? Here is one way to do it.

    1. Draw a rectangle the size of your column. I used 3" by 12"
    2. Near the top of the rectangle, draw a circle with the same diameter as the rectangle width.
    3. Center both the rectangle and the circle horizontally.
    4. Position the center of the circle on the top line of the rectangle.
    5. Draw 5 angled lines at angles of 15, 30, 45, 60, and 75 degrees.
    6. Position the center of each line at the center of the circle. Attach and center horizontal works pretty good.
    7. Mirror the angled lines horizontally.
    7. Draw vertical lines beginning at the intersection of each angled line and the circle and one down the center of the rectangle.
    8. Assign a bit to the vertical lines. I used a 3/16" ball nose.
    9. For an actual 3D carve use the extrude and conform tools.

    You can vary the number and angle of the lines to add or subtract flutes.
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    Steve, can this be done using 1.187 designer?
    CarverJerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarverJerry View Post
    Steve, can this be done using 1.187 designer?
    Absolutely. You can even do the extruded part if you have the 3D modeling suit and the conforming vectors add-ons. I would have done it in 1.187 but I don't have it installed.

    EDIT: I installed 1.187 just for you Jerry.
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    You could probably use the vertical dome if you don't have the 3D suit.
    Clint
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    Quote Originally Posted by cestout View Post
    You could probably use the vertical dome if you don't have the 3D suit.
    Clint
    Yes you can but the shape isn't a smooth semi-circle.
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    Last edited by SteveNelson46; 07-27-2016 at 07:32 PM.
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    Steve:

    Just tried this. Works great! Thanks for posting it.

    Charlie

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    Appreciate your hard work... excellent ... Thanks I can see many uses.

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