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For quick presentations, I have been drawing my cabinets by setting my dimensions and then pulling up the squares to proper height. I then pencil in the faceframes and set each cabinet as a component. I then use the faceframe as a guide to draw the doors and drawers. These shapes are then pulled out to 3/4". My typical cabinet has 1/2" overlays. I have been pulling out all 4 sides to 1/2". Even with referencing the previous dimension, this step takes forever. Whats the right way to do this.
 

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I am not sure that this is the fastest way but I add two reference points by adding two 1/2" squares on opposite sides of the face frame and connect them with a larger square (this will then become your door / drawer). Then delete the sides of the squares that made up the small reference squares and pull the surface out for thickness. Let me know if that makes sense and if not I can try and upload some pictures of what I do.
 

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I completely understand all these ways. My issue is when doing an entire kitchen, the openings change per cabinet dimensions. I draw in the faceframes in order to get acurate sizes for estimate purposes. The last rendering I did had over 35 doors and drawers of all different sizes, so it was alot of tedious mouse work. There isnt a trick to say setting some kind of standard 1/2" size so when I draw in the door it automatically gives me the proper overly.
 

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mics_54 has the right idea - reusable components.

since most (if not all) of your faceframes are 3/4" with 1/2" overlay you could create a set of faceframe components and save those into your library (harddrive), you can have 1 component for rail, 1 component for stile, 1 component for divider, and so on, in a way that you'll have a set collection of all components that you use in your FF construction, then you simply drag and drop those onto your simple-boxs or fully designed cabinets, and just need to make-unique those with unique lengths and update their length.

easier done than it is to explain it.

BUT. thanks for bringing this up - this gives me some ideas ;)
 

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Wow! This is like going to school…only without having to pay tuition! I've been thinking about trying SketchUp, seems like it's a pretty popular program.
 
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