Drawing a Kumiko Panel
If you’ve read a few of my blog posts regarding workflow in SketchUp, you know that I advocate drawing the parts in situ and leveraging the use of components. These reduce your work and improve accuracy over drawing the parts separately and then assembling the model. In the shop there comes a point when you have to start working to what you’ve already built to make sure things fit correctly. I think it’s the same in SketchUp, too.
In Fine Woodworking Magazine #259 (Jan/Feb 2017), Michael Pekovich shows how to build a lovely, delicate Display Cabinet on a Stand which features a kumiko panel in the door. He and Ben Strano made a relaxing short video called The Quiet Art of Kumiko showing how to cut and fit the parts for the panel.
When I was drawing the SketchUp model of the display cabinet for use in the digital and printed plans, I had the opportunity to draw that panel. As I was drawing it, I was thinking about how to simplify the construction by duplicating parts as much as possible. I found that I really didn’t need to know all that many dimensions in order to draw it accurately and it was enjoyable watching it all come together.
While I was watching Ben’s video, I noticed in the background a version of Michael’s wall cabinet from FWW#254 with a double kumiko panel in the door. Since I already had the model for that cabinet, I thought I’d make a version like the one in the video. Here I’ll show you how I went about adding the kumiko to the door of the cabinet.
There’s a few key points here.
- Use the existing door to help figure out the size of the kumiko panel.
- Use components that are already drawn to make additional parts. Remember to use Make Unique when appropriate.
- Use adjoining parts to guide laying out cuts. I think of this in much the same way as tracing the outline of one part on another in the shop.