Tool Cabinets #2: Tool cabinet has become tool WALL

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Blog entry by glideking posted 11-12-2017 03:22 AM 1483 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having the 3D controller in my left had and the trackpad in my right has been a game changer. I can now fly through my plans. Thought I would start cutting lumber today but I keep coming up with ideas on my drawings in Sketchup. As the program gets easier for me I am exploring construction and configuration possibilities. The back panels and flipper doors have become bead board. Added crown molding just to learn the “follow me” tool in Sketchup. I did not want the saw till behind the main cabinet door when it is open so I added another cabinet or two to the sides. I can put less used tools like egg beater drills and such in those cabinets behind the open doors. As I account for all the tools that will move in here and their sizes the cabinet keeps getting bigger and deeper. The whole thing has dropped down and the work bench moved to one side. I no longer call this a cabinet. It has become the tool wall.

Not all work so far has been on the computer though. Clearing the area in anticipation I found things in that pile I have not seen in years.

The block plane gallery has become a fun little moment. I was trying to avoid having a shelf in front of the plane totes so I cut an eclipse out to avoid clutter. I know how I am.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 11-12-2017 01:44 PM

Looks good. I’m glad people understand sketchup. I tried a few times and got so mad I had to lay on the floor and count to 10

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 01:35 AM

I added joinery and contoured surfaces to the drawing. I had no idea that Sketchup could be such a useful design tool for me. After only one week of this program and I am intersecting solids and twisting planes. It was worth the late nights pouring over workbooks and tutorials to get this program in my toolbox. The 3d controller was a little crazy to get used to but it has made this program usable for me.

By exploding the parts I can think about how I will do the joints. I plan on doing all the groves with hand planes. I can print out on paper and attach to my wood for cutting out the shapes.

I never thought a computer program could ever augment my pencil and paper creativity this much.

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#3 posted 11-13-2017 02:01 AM

what exactly is the 3d controller ?

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#4 posted 11-13-2017 02:10 AM

If you are right handed you continue to use your mouse, trackpad, track ball or whatever you normally like to use in your right hand. In your left hand is the 3D controller that you use for moving your model in 3D space. The controller does not replace the normal mouse. 3 days ago I got an older model called “space navigator.” It opened up a whole new world for me. I got the cheap one that works great.

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Bill Berklich

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#5 posted 11-13-2017 11:27 AM

Sweet!!! Your cabinet looks much more ambitious. Thanks for the tip on the 3D Controller!

I really like the lower plane gallery. Totally cool! I may abandon my first shot and create something like yours. What’s you cabinet depth? I also really like the swing out chisel racks – that’s and idea I’m definitely going to use.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#6 posted 11-13-2017 06:20 PM

I’m curious, are you using the free version of SketchUp or the Professional?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 11-13-2017 07:29 PM

The best things in life are free!

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#8 posted 11-13-2017 09:38 PM

I need more hand tools :-(

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#9 posted 11-13-2017 10:42 PM

I need more hand tools :-(

- Notw

Ok some good things are not free…

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#10 posted 11-14-2017 01:59 PM

ha, i didn’t even see that comment when i made mine. I was just looking at the pictures and realized i need more hand tools, but i’ve known this for a while :-)

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