Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride #26: Drawers - still more questions

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 08-15-2008 12:44 AM 4350 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Reinserting back apron, hide group, outline, x-ray view and questions, of course Part 26 of Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride series Part 27: Hall table --- project DONE! »

I’m still working on this project and the drawers are coming closer.

As with anything there are numerous ways to get to the same destination. DaveR, who has the patience of a saint, has been trying to show me how to do this project.

See this entry

I’ve been struggling with this technique – not sure why – but it is what it is. Long and short I came up with an alternate method that probably won’t work if I were going to do any cutlist plugins, etc. but it’s getting me closer. I still have a long, long way to go.

So without further delay – this is how I did my drawer.

First, of course, I started with my side which is .5×10.25×3.5. On one end I put in a guideline to 1/2” to start marking the box joint.


Next I copied the guideline, moved it down by 1/2” (typed in .5, hit enter, then 5) then did an “array” which is essentially the number of copies that you need to complete the project.



Then I used the line tool to outline each finger (just on the end).



Next, I used the push/pull tool to push back the top finger by 1/2”.


You can push back the other fingers by double clicking the left mouse button.



Repeat the same process on the opposite end.

I don’t show it, but I made a dado on the inside of the side to accept the drawer bottom. Then the part is made into a component.

You’ll notice in this next shot that I have the part blued out and there is an additional guideline placed 1/2” from the red axis. You’ll also notice the inference dot showing that I have the bottom inside corner of the last finger picked up to move over to the other side of my grid. The extra guideline makes it easy to know exactly where to drop the side.



You’ll notice that I took out the extra guideline and you can see that there is perfect placement of the second side.


Next I used the scale tool to mirror the side so that the dado is on the correct side.


Now to work on the front/back of the box. I draw a rectangle from the upper left corner to the lower right corner of the second side. You’ll see that it is green and the rectangle breaks through the box joint.


I next used the push/pull tool to pull the rectangle out by 1/2”



I failed to take a screen shot of this, but I used the line tool to outline the fingers on the front – on both ends and used the push/pull tool to move the fingers back. Then I pulled out the side.


You’ll notice the completed box – I simply followed the same procedure to insert the dado and moved a copy to the other end of the box.


I finished up by making a second copy to simply move into one of the drawer openings. I also made the drawer bottom.


I next need to figure out how to place the drawer bottom into the drawer and apply the drawer front.

I’ve certainly been having fun with this project. Hoping to get it finished up so I can work on something else. But I really think I’m starting to get the hang of things.

If you have not already done so you should get on Youtube and search “Sketchup woodworking.” You’ll be given lots of good videos to watch.

As always any comments, help and suggestions are welcomes.

And a great BIG* thanks to everyone who has helped me along the road here.

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

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#1 posted 08-15-2008 04:51 AM

Betsy and Dave-

You “guys” are awesome!!!!!!!


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

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#2 posted 08-15-2008 03:36 PM

I think that I go put to put has …......... very beautiful job it is true that my projects I prefer to draw them. but C is very interesting thank you for all its images

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#3 posted 08-15-2008 11:38 PM

Thanks guys! It’s been fun.

JeanMarc – you must draw well because your projects are beautiful.

Thanks again.

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

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