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Forum topic by cstrang posted 08-18-2012 08:25 PM 1758 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2012 08:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup google cabinet door model scale question plan 3d

Hey everyone, I have been using Sketchup for a while now to modle projects for customers before I make them, its a great way for them to see what it looks like and make any changes they want before its actually made, a lot of people can take 2D lines on a page and see the finished project in their head, sketchup is great for a relitavly quick and easy 3D model.

My question is relating to the quick part of sketchup, when I am modelling a kitchen it is a real pain to have to draw all the doors individually especially if they are arched raised panels. I noticed with the scale tool you can resize objects but that throws off the rail and style sizes and “squishes” the look of the door. I am wondering if there is any way to resize and object like a cabinet door without totally ruining the appearance of it. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 08:44 PM

Contact Mr. Robert Lang @Poplarwoodworking Magazine. He’s a recognized authority on Sketchup and Sketchup Pro. I’m sure he has a way and will be happy to advise you. [email protected] Russell

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 08:55 PM

Here is an existing post from my blog about “stretching” complex objects like doors. It may seem complicated, but after you do it a few times it doesn’t take long at all. The best part is you preserve all the details, and you can pull the actual sizes of the parts you’ll need from the “stretched” doors.

-- Bob Lang,

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 08:58 PM

if I’m understanding what you mean correctly, what you’re talking about is for example, if you have a raised panel door, and the frame is let’s say 1 1/2” wide, you use scale to resize it, and you’ll end up with 2” wide frame. Is that what you mean?

One thing to try might be to use the move tool. Select the lines on the end, and you can move them in one direction. I’m not sure how well that will work for any arches, but if you move one side, then the top/bottom, then it won’t resize the width/thickness, if you do it right.

I realize it’s not too easy to explain… I’ll try to get a picture series of what I mean

While I was typing that up, Bob Lang posted a link to exactly what I was trying to describe… picture series aborted :-)

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 09:13 PM

Thanks everyone and thanks Bob! Just read the article and you have no idea how happy I am lol, in the middle of drawing a kitchen now and I am actually looking forward to drawing the doors for once lol this just saved me a lot of time, thanks agan.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#5 posted 08-18-2012 10:11 PM

You might also want to look into this plugin .

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