A rack up with sketchup

A few months ago, I started to play with the free version of Google Sketchup. After mastering the basics, I was able to produce a few, prototypical architectural features, such as cornices and fluted columns. Last week I put the tool to a more practical use. My wife wanted a small wine rack in our kitchen. Counter space is scarce, so we decided to try something under the cupboards. I used Sketchup to design the rack. Being able to visualize it from any angle was helpful, and we eliminated some early designs when we realized they would look funny from certain angles, or prove impractical in the small space.

Here is the final "sketchup":

I downloaded the wine bottle from the Google Sketchup 3D Warehouse, and dropped it in the model.

And here is the actual rack:

I probably spent about six hours on the design, including the two that I discarded. With practice I'll become faster, I'm sure. The rack itself took only a few hours - including ten minutes to sand the initial coat of primer that my three-year old applied.

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