Tool Cabinets #1: Tool Cabinet Concept

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Blog entry by glideking posted 10-30-2017 04:50 PM 3132 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first attempt at using Sketch up program for designing a piece. I am a bit slow on my first day but I think it will be a handy skill to add to my woodworking.

This is still a rough draft. I have to confirm that my tools will fit. The cabinet must fit between two ceiling beams. I may leave the hinged doors as open frames with tools hanging on both sides. The cabinets behind the doors will be mounted to the wall independently and remain open without doors of their own.

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#1 posted 10-31-2017 09:53 AM

Getting better at Sketchup. Experimenting with some door paneling arrangements. It is handy to be able to rotate the doors and panels to check how they clear each other. The tools were available from the online library. I am almost ready to tackle drawing the dovetail joints in 3d.

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#2 posted 11-04-2017 04:40 AM

These early concept drawings will be interesting to compare to what I end up building.

Here is where the new cabinet will go. I tried to line up the Sketchup model with the ceiling beams in the photo. Old kitchen cabinet will go. Table top lathe will move. I thought there was a bench under here somewhere.

This is day four of learning Sketchup. I got the importance of using groups and components. The program lets me swing the doors open and closed. The doors hit the beams so I reduced the cabinet width so they clear. Would have been a bummer to dovetail all that together and have it not fit the space. Maybe the computer can make me a better woodworker after all.

I populated the cabinet with tool models from the web to help me with planning and ideas. I found out how to put all the tool models on their own layer so I can turn them on and off. A handy feature for visualization.

My first virtual dovetails! They are cut very accurately too, within one pixel. The flipper doors could be just plywood but I thought it would be fun to put them in a frame. Experimenting with Sketchup texture on the surfaces. I use a trackpad on my computer normally. Turns out this is a difficult way to draw with Sketchup. A 3D navigator will arrive soon so I can draw with both hands. That will be different.

I am hoping that by blogging about this cabinet I might actually build it. My tool collection has become a disorganized mess. I am looking forward to having my layout tools out of the drawers and at the ready.

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#3 posted 11-12-2017 02:59 AM

Moved to new blog entry #2 now I know how to add a new blog entry.

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