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Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride #14: Hall table progress with questions at end

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 08-04-2008 06:40 PM 1522 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Hall table project - starting out Part 14 of Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride series Part 15: Hall table redo -- just putsing along - and questions, course »

Today, I’m going to put in the aprons and hopefully with the help of my LJ friends the openings for the drawers.

First the aprons. This is what I what I’m going to end up with at the end of this blog session.

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Use your zoom tool and pan tool to move the table around so that one of the “short end” legs are showing. (Since I’ve already managed to get the aprons on, I’m simply going to erase one short apron to demonstrate what I did.)

Select your rectangle tool and move it so that you get the black intersection inference dot to show (in the lower left corner at the “top” of the leg). Move the cursor up to the guide mark and over to the right slightly. Type in 5.5, .75 in the VCB box. This should give you a tall rectangle – not one on it’s side.

Use the push/pull tool and pull the rectangle out 9.5”. This will give you your short apron. Do the same procedure on the other end. On the front and back do the same procedure but pull out the rectangle to 36”.

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Now my problem – how to do the front.

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drawer for hall table

What technique should I use to make the front? The front as made in the real world is 5 pieces. Top and bottom rails are 1” x 36”. There are three stiles. Two stiles on the ends are 2.25×3.5 and the center stile is 3.5×3.5.

I’ve put in the guide lines.

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Now the question should I use the line tool to outline the drawer openings or should I use the rectangle to do so?

I’ve drawn a separate front and did the lines and did both the line tool and the rectangle tool. I came up with the same result.

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Now I’ve gone back to my model and drawn the lines and then used the rectangle tool. Doing this brings up the blue “face” of the drawer openings.

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I’ve tried to use the push pull tool to push the openings and it does not go all the way out. From under the table you can see what I’m talking about.

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I can get one drawer opening to push all the way to be an actual opening but the other I can’t get to do the same.

So how would you do the front of this table?

Thanks in advance.

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



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lew

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#1 posted 08-04-2008 07:12 PM

You two are awesome! Where else could you get this kind of help!

Lew

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Betsy

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#2 posted 08-04-2008 07:29 PM

I think the rectangle is drawn correctly but will try again. I sent you my model via e-mail.

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Betsy

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#3 posted 08-04-2008 07:35 PM

Would I have avoided this whole problem by making my front apron separately as a component and moving it into the model??

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Brad_Nailor

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#4 posted 08-04-2008 07:42 PM

I think Dave might have hit it right on the head…I bet your guidelines aren’t coplanar, or on the same plane as the front face of the apron. All it would take is a slight discrepancy , say the apron is on a very slight angle and the guidelines are perfectly straight. That might explain why one worked and the other didn’t. This is a pretty common thing…SU will let you make mistakes…it will let you draw trapezoids when you think you are drawing squares or rectangles. Even with all the guides, tools, and inferences you still have to be careful and make sure things are the way you want them…ACCURATE! I can’t tell you how many times 1/32” inaccuracy has bit me in the butt…you don’t even realize it till you are waist deep in a complex model, and then things start to unravel and it’s because something is short, or long, or skewed ever so slightly. Go back and look at things real close..get out the tape and verify your dimensions. Just a suggestion….if I was making this model I would make all the parts seperatly like they are in the real world then assemble them just like you would if you were making it out of wood. That to me is the beauty of SU and any 3D software..the ability to work things out exaclty like the real world!

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Betsy

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#5 posted 08-04-2008 08:10 PM

It looks like I have things on the plane correctly.

I’ve checked my measurements and they are correct. I’ve taken the guide lines out and deleted the rectangles to try again and came up with the same result.

I think you are right Brad, things should be built piece by piece and put together!

Dave——I’m not sure how to send a SKP file. I can attach something as an attachment to an email but it is a jpeg file.

I’m showing my electronic illiteracy but how do I get the file to a SKP file (which I’m guessing stands for Sketchup) and where do I find it to send it?

You guys have the patience of saints to teach me this stuff!

I’m going to have to take a break from this for a few hours—- my neck needs a break!

Will check back later.

Thanks again.

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

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#6 posted 08-04-2008 08:20 PM

beautiful work C is a very beautiful design

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#7 posted 08-05-2008 12:08 AM

This is a remarkable series Betsy. And for all oyu that are able to help her out makes this truly a great place to learn and pickup skills beyond woodworking.
Thanks

-- Jerry

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Betsy

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#8 posted 08-05-2008 12:30 AM

Thanks Sac. I’m certainly not afraid to let people know I’m not electronically gifted. :-)

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#9 posted 08-05-2008 01:10 AM

That’s amazing how you did that. I’m going to get this yet.

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Brad_Nailor

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#10 posted 08-05-2008 02:50 AM

Dude…what are all those cool looking icons? Rubys? Hook me up wit dat!

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