Help with sloping curve for stone handrail

I am having trouble with modelling this handrail, it seems to twist slightly in the middle (it just looks a little weird). Follow me is not giving the desired results. It needs to be flat all the way down to the other stone pier. I will also have to do the same with the base and balustrades. Its been a bit of a nightmare. I can attach the model if that’s of any use… And thank you in advance for any assistance you can give me. James



I think the extension called Eneroth upright extruder is perfect for this.
Works like follow-me but keeps the profile upright!

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You might want to take a look at this thread covering some of the possibilities and issues.

https://forums.sketchup.com/t/curved-handrail/26038

I’m curious how you made the path as that can effect things.
But here’s three versions to see the differences.
3 versions

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Thank you for your quick responses. Tweenulzeven, that’s the problem, the end profile is not upright when it reaches the last pier at the bottom. I still also have that slight twist in the middle which looks odd too. Shep thank u for the link, I think I saw that before. Box I used the first method you show (follow me) and then twisted the end profile with Vertex tools to try and level it up, but it seems a mess. I have attached an image of the actual project, which may show what I am actually trying to achieve…


It would help if you added the model, or at least the relevant parts.

@Box showed you two ways that work, Upright extruder and Curviloft.
Use one of these to get it done…

Thanks guys, I have attached the basic model and relevant parts.
Balistrades.skp (1.5 MB)
I will also try Eneroth Upright Extruder too and see what I get as well. I haven’t got Curviloft, I will download that as well.

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I think, before going any further I’d alter the starting point by making a “coped” beginning and end for the rail. This should simplify the extruded section a good bit.

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Here’s a quick first try with Bezier Curve and Curviloft. Not perfect but an idea of one method.

Thanks Shep, I did as you said, making a “coped” beginning and end for the rail and then I used Curviloft to complete the process. It turned out much better. I will complete the other parts and post here when finished, to see how it went.

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