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Forum topic by Gator posted 12-30-2010 07:51 AM 1061 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2010 07:51 AM

I am building a small box with drawers for my father in law, so wanting to do something of my own design I tackled sketchup today to get something on paper I could follow..
I managed to draw up the box sides, top & bottom, along with the two drawer dividers that will be dadoed into the sides.
I was able to get what I did completed in just under 3 hours… blazing… I have 5 days left of my vacation, so I hope to get the drawers finished before I have to go back to work.. LOL
I would like to miter the joints with spline accents, but could not figure that part out… maybe tomorrow…

I really need to spend more time with this…. it really is an amazing tool…


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#1 posted 12-30-2010 02:33 PM

Gator, if you have not had a chance to look at it, you might want to take a look at Joe's 7 part series on Sketchup. I have been using Sketchup for a while but found his tutorial to be extremely helpful, especially when it comes to including layering and components in Sketchup.

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 03:10 PM

Sounds good!

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 03:20 PM

gator – i love using sketchup to design projects. however, for me it is just a tool and not an end in its own right. when it comes to things like splines or other accents, I often dont even both incorporating them into the sketchup model because they are more trouble than they’re worth (unless I want to show someone an “artists conception” of the final piece). I use sketchup mainly for the dimensions of the pieces and to figure out joinery, but for something like a spline that will go on after the miter has already been assembled, i wouldnt even bother.

Not to say that you shouldnt since it might be good practice. But if sketchup is just a means to an end for you as it is for me, you dont have to get caught up in those sorts of things.

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 04:31 PM

Yes, it IS a fantastic tool to have around I use it on every project as it allows me to play with ideas, proportions, and concepts at any time of the day without having to cut the wrong parts (yet). Also invaluable to tackle difficult joinery and complex builds which require overlapping joints or parts.

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 04:43 PM

Sketch up is a tool that I do use a lot. I actually need to use it more. Sometimes I try and create on the fly and while I have been successful with somethings, others not so. Things that I have worked up in sketchup first, tend to turn out much better.

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 12:29 AM

Thanks for the other link, I just downloaded his home page. I have been trying to draw up something free hand, and even went as far as using microsoft excel.. LOL.. but really never got much accomplished in two days other than machine the material.. so after the lesson with sketchup last night, I was able to get the box built today in a couple of hours.
I think this is a tool I will try and design a lot of things with just for the practice.. but like you said Aaron.. I would not use it for every aspect.. I just don’t know it well enough for starters, but it sure helped me with the dimensions for the drawer locations, etc on this project. I am trying to blog it, but am struggling with getting pictures added. I may have to use photobucket if I can’t get them from my computer.

This is the tutorial I have been using for sketchup.. very easy to follow.. most likely because it is so basic.


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