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Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #4: Thoughts in SketchUp

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Blog entry by Bluenote38 posted 11-12-2017 09:35 PM 1962 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Some Initial Sketches Part 4 of Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax series Part 5: Lower Cabinet Design - Tool Packing »

Temps dropped, cold in the shop so refocused to more indoor activities. Friday (November 10th), of course, was the U.S. Marine Corps 242nd Birthday – Semper Fi Brothers past, present, and future, and may we serve 300 more with honor. Did the Vets day thing too on Saturday served breakfast to a host of Korea and Vietnam Vets and some of the few remaining WWII Vets too. I have to say that I met a guy who was on the USN Nautilus. The first nuclear sub and the first to sail under the polar ice cap. As a kid I went to sleep with a book on the Nautilus almost every night – the stuff of dreams. It was nice to be able to shake his hand.

Finally made some headway with SketchUp. The eBook, “SketchUp: A Design Guide for Woodworkers” by Joe Zeh has been an invaluable companion. I do have some CAD experience (though old) so it wasn’t brand new and it really is pretty easy to use.

All that said I created an initial model that is generally equivalent to what I would sketch in my project book (but looks way nicer and has more accurate dimensions). I have to say that based on my methods of work and tools I think this is exactly what I want and what I had envisioned.

The Outer doors are my Saw Tills left and right with about 2” of usable depth and 5 sqft of usable surface. They are for light weight tools that need big areas . And, I’m really not much of a sawyer but I’m working on it.

The Mid-doors have 5” of usable depth and about 7 sqft (including the sides). I’m thinking chisels on the lower half of one door and marking tools and screwdrivers above and Files and drill and auger bits on the lower half of the other door then hand braces and mallets on top.

The main cabinet is 8 1/2” deep and about 10 sqft of area. There is, of course, a plane rack for my #6, #5, #4 1/2, #4, #3 and 3 block planes as well as several rounders, rabbet, and shoulder planes.

There will also be a spot for scraper cards, drawknives, spoke shaves, inshaves, hammers, punches, drifts, a few wrenches, pliers, and the miscellany that collect in any shop.

I’m hoping it warms up a bit next week so I can start breaking down the plywood.

-- Bill - Rochester MI



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#1 posted 11-13-2017 01:48 AM

I see you are making friends with Sketchup. Nicely done. When you get into a 3D controller you will be really fast.

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 11:29 AM



I see you are making friends with Sketchup. Nicely done. When you get into a 3D controller you will be really fast.

- glideking

Thanks for the tip, I think I’ll try to find one tonight. You are doing some great work on yours – can’t wait to see it all come together in wood.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 11-13-2017 11:36 AM

BTW – I have to give credit to the designers that put things in the SketchUp warehouse. The really well done parts in color were done by some very patient and talented designers. No way could I create those yet. Maybe some day

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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