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    Railing with Arched Pickets

    I need to create a railing with pickets that arch from baluster to baluster (see attached.) Is there any way to create this that doesn't involve a lot of math? An array or nested families won't cut if it gets any longer than whatever the base length is designed at, and of course the column spacing (i.e. rail length) isn't consistent
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    You could use a combination of railing and a beam system.
    Check out this old thread

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    Interesting. I'll look into that. Thanks!

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    Baluster panel with a curved top edge, and arrayed nested pickets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Baluster panel with a curved top edge, and arrayed nested pickets?
    That was my initial thought too Patrick, using a void to cut the curve. But that solution would not allow for anything other than a curved edge along the top. Unless you have a way to control that? Mark's solution handles this elegantly.

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    What about creating a baluster panel family for all the intermediate pickets? It would infill automatically between the posts.

    Just read your comment about column spacing not being consistent, so this may not work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzatto View Post
    What about creating a baluster panel family for all the intermediate pickets? It would infill automatically between the posts.

    Just read your comment about column spacing not being consistent, so this may not work.
    If the spacing was consistent I could make a family, but any time the array changes it messes up the void since it doesn't cut the new instances. Going with a beam system at the moment unless they can space everything equally.

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    I was thinking create each picket separately at the correct height in a panel family. Don't use a void. It may stretch or truncate it a tad bit so it fits between the columns (if the spacing is off). It may get you close enough.

    Or you could create a family and just insert it between columns in the project. Don't use a railing.

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    This old post of mine might be an option too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_Stafford View Post
    This old post of mine might be an option too.
    Well that is a neat trick! Kudos!

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