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Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride #12: Simple Sketchup bookcase

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 2193 days ago 6838 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Last of the simple table blog - then onto bigger and better projects! Part 12 of Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride series Part 13: Hall table project - starting out »

Here I am going to try a little bit more of this Sketchup program. I’m having a bit of trouble getting the hang of things – but I’m determined to whip this program into submission! I was going to work on a hall table – but decided that’s still out of my SU talent range so I’ve decided to do a simple bookcase. I’ve picked up few tricks. Nothing to fancy – but more than the baby steps I took with the table blog.

Between the medication for my neck and the cat sitting on my keyboard – I might get this accomplished.

First start with a rectangle the outside diameter of the bookcase. I’m shooting for 14” deep and 32 wide.

Use the push/pull tool to pull the rectangle up to 5’.

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Now we’ll use the “offset tool.” This is the tool that looks like a half circle with an arrow coming through the top (13th tool from the left of the small tool bar).

Position the offset tool on the top edge of the rectangle so that the red inference dot shows up. Then slowly move the tool inward – you should see a second rectangle being created – left click and type in ¾” in your VCB box. This will give you ¾” sides.
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Next select the face of the rectangle and use the push/pull tool to push the face back 13.75”

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As it appears this is just a simple box that will have shelves added. Nothing fancy. I’ve not figured out how to show the rabbet on the back or the dados for the shelves. But I’ll get there!

Next so that nothing happens to my shell – I’ll make this into a “group.”

Select the box by triple clicking so that all the edges are blue.

The right click and select “make group”

Now onto making a few shelves.

Select the rectangle tool and draw a rectangle on the bottom of the case. I choose to make mine 12” deep (by 31” long).

Then select the rectangle and right click and select “make component.”

Now select the rectangle/component by using the select tool and double clicking,

Bring the move/copy tool onto the shelf component you should see four red crosses (x’s) and it should say on “on face on group”

Left click and hold the control key down—and move your copy up to the top of the case. Type in /4 then hit Enter. You should get four additional shelves evenly spaced.

Click on the bottom shelf (the original rectangle) and delete.

Now select one of the shelves by double clicking and use the push/pull tool to expand the shelf – ¾”. Because you made the shelf a component – what ever you do to one shelf will happen to the others.

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Certainly nothing fancy here. I want to work on figuring out how to put the rabbet on the back and the dado’s for the shelves. I still need to figure out how to show the screen I’m looking at into the blog. That would probably help a lot. But I’m missing something in my fellow LJ’s explaination of how to do that. But will keep trying.

Hope this makes sense!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!



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lew

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#1 posted 2193 days ago

Betsy,

Things are getting easier for me- at least navigating the menus and the basic tools.

With your help, I feel I am going to get this. I really appreciate all that you must be going through.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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lew

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#2 posted 2193 days ago

Betsy,

Here is a link to a screen capture program. It is simple to use and then you can save your screen views and upload them just like a photo of a project.

http://www.snapfiles.com/download/dlgprintscreen.html

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Betsy

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#3 posted 2192 days ago

Thanks Lew! Now that’s going to help.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Betsy

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#4 posted 2192 days ago

That would be great Dave. I can use all the tips and advice I can get. Everyone has contributed to my SU knowledge. Every little bit helps.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Russel

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#5 posted 2190 days ago

Great stuff Betsy. I’m not doing things as you teach, but I’m reading what you write so that I can refer back when I need to. I may actually be able to use this tool yet.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 2189 days ago

Hello Betsy,

Thanks for the step by step approach. I agree with Dave though; I try to use SU to mimic what I’ll be doing in the shop so I like to create the components as if I was actually machining the wood. This give me the benefit of having to work through each step of construction digitally before going into the shop and making sawdust. I initially did as you were doing just using SU to ‘sketch up’ the piece to be worked on…but that left me wondering “How am I going to build this?”. Using Dave’s approach I am solving that question as well as designing the piece. My $0.02 worth… thanks again for the tutorials.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Betsy

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#7 posted 2189 days ago

This is some great stuff! Thanks for all the input. I like the component as you go. With all these suggestions I just may learn this program yet!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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