Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride #29: Trinket box - I'm bored - so I thought I'd try my hand at designing a box - protractor tool

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 08-17-2008 07:33 AM 3210 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m sure this won’t be any great shakes – but I thought I’d try my hand at making a simple trinket box that I could maybe, possibly, in the near future——someday make. OK—- so I’m feeling a little sorry for myself—- it’ll pass. Any how – this will give me the opportunity to play around a little bit with the protractor tool and once I get a lid on—the rotator tool to move the lid up and down. Another thing I want to explore doing is putting on a round over on the edges—- I know that must entail using the arc tool—- at least I think so.

As always – I’m sure I’ll have lots of questions—like the first I can think of is how to draw in the keys when I get to that point.

This first shot just shows the basic box. This is the same method I used to make the drawer in my hall table blog.


I’m not sure why the picture is going over the edge—- but take my word for it—- it’s a box. :-)

I’ve made the side a component and the front/back a component. Since I am going to make mitered corners on this—- so I can play with the protractor tool, I am going to move the side out from the box to work on it to make it easier to show what I’m doing. You can also do the next steps with the sides together – but it’s harder to see.

First off – start by selecting your protractor tool – which when you move it over the model window looks eerily like the rotator tool.


Next – move it over to the upper left corner of the side – move it until you see it turn blue (indicating it is on the blue axis) and the inference dot appears. Click once.


then move the cursor to the upper right corner until the next inference dot appears and click again.


The third step is to move the cursor UP toward the other top right corner—- you should see the dotted line indicating the degrees you are moving the protractor. You should also be able to see the number of degrees in the VCB box at the lower right corner of your screen. Let go of the mouse and type is 45 and hit Enter.

You should now have this.


Next, open the component and use your line (pencil) tool to draw a line across the doted guideline from one edge to the other. (Yep – the picture below – does not show the component as open—- but I changed that.)


Then select the push/pull tool and push the new face (the mitered corner section) down until it disappears.



Now repeat for your other corners and move the box back together – you should have this.


I’m going to try to do this in a video later. But for now this is where I’ll leave it for now.

As always – suggestions and comments are always welcomed.

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

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#1 posted 08-17-2008 11:31 AM

Geez Betsy, you are making it look easy. Nice work!

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#2 posted 08-17-2008 12:20 PM

thank you for the subject extremely interesting which software is necessary it to be able to begin

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