In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to begin the park pergola design, by modeling the curved horizontal beam that follows the pergola path.
In this post, I’ll show how to model the vertical supports for the beam.
Design One Support
The extension I used for this part is Fredoscale. But it would also be easy to change the cross-section with SketchUp’s native tools.
Pull up the support to a 12′ height. Select and make it a component. But before clicking Create, note the axes of the component. The component origin should be at the bottom of the support, as shown below. But what’s also important is the axes orientation. For the Path Copy extension to place these supports correctly along the pergola path, the green axis of the component should be perpendicular to the path; the red axis of the component should go along the path. That’s how my component below is set up, so I’m good to go. Click Create.
Copy Along the Path
Here’s where I use the Path Copy extension.
Move the curved beam into blank space, so that the arcs that form the pergola path are visible.
Enter your support spacing (I’m using 10 feet). You should now have several supports along the arc, at the spacing you want.
Erase the first and last supports.
Coming next, in Part 3, I’ll finish up the pergola by adding a set of tilted cross-beams.