Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride #19: Plodding along on my drawer project - having issues with scaling

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 08-11-2008 05:53 AM 1516 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Drawer sides -- struggling along Part 19 of Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride series Part 20: A little tidbit that I picked up about guides »

So I’m home from the church concert – WOW – kinds of revs you up. So decided to try to learn a little bit more on the SU front.

I’m probably the slowest learner on this type of stuff – but no one can say I’m not persistent!

So here I go.

This is my first side – which shows the length (10.25); width (.5); and height (3.5) and I’ve made it a component.


This next shot shows the second side having been copied and moved to it’s location. Notice the dado is on the outside of the side.


Now on to scaling. Select the second side and then pick up the scale tool. I’m certain I want to use the middle “grip”.


Now I’ve “pushed” my grip toward the first side.


I typed in positive 1 in the VCB and this is what I’ve got.


As you can see the dado is still on the outside of the side.

I then tried the same move and typed negative 1.


As you can see from the above shot – my dado is now on the inside, but I’m off my guideline mark by 1/2”.

So I’m obviously missing a subtle little tidbit about scaling.

Dave – I’ve watched your video numerous times and I can’t find what I’m missing that you did.

I ended up flipping the side along the red axis.


Flipping put the dado on the inside and the side on guide line.


I did the same technique from above to make my front/back.

You can see from the next shot that I have at least managed to make my box the finished size that I would like which is 10.25 deep x 13 7/8 wide x. 3.5 high.


So there you have my latest “masterpiece.” I’ll work on the box joints tomorrow.

As always – all help appreciated. Hopefully, my plodding along is helping others—or at least giving some good chuckles (which is more than fine with me)!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 08-11-2008 07:02 PM

That is a point to be made with SU, and I’m assuming other programs, if you can’t accomplish a task one way—- try toggle keys. The control key seems to be the master key.

Thanks Dave. Will work on my project a little bit more today.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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