Elongated Holes in SketchUp

comments (3) June 14th, 2011 in blogs

Killenwood Tim Killen, contributor
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In my book Chapter 9, Step 30, there are instructions for placing elongated holes in the Top Frame for fastening the Top. They're elongated to account for seasonal movement of the Top cross-grain.

Here is one of the elongated holes shown with a Back Edges Style so you can see the hole all the way through the Top Frame.

After making one hole, I ask the reader to copy the hole to the other locations in the Top Frame. Here I am moving a copy of the hole down the red axis.

After placing it, the reader will surprisingly notice that the hole is "covered over" - having a face. So, is there a hole there or not?

Also, you are horrified upon clicking the hole covering, the entire face of the frame piece is selected. You can't get the small face of the hole to select only. My book explains this phenomenon - it is normal SketchUp behavior. As explained in Step 30 - "trace over a small part of the hole outline" and the hole face can be selected and deleted, leaving a hole.

Here is way not to "trace over a small part……". These are extraneous lines and will cause problems in removing that face of the hole.

Rather, make sure you zoom in close and, with the Line Tool, trace over a line segment endpoint to endpoint.


Now you'll be able to select the hole face, and delete it.




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Comments (3)

Killenwood Killenwood writes: Modelguy: You can find "Google SketchUp for Woodworkers" right here on the Fine Woodworking/Taunton website. Click on the link at the top of the page that sends you to the books.

Posted: 3:08 pm on August 4th

ModelGuy ModelGuy writes: Hi Tim -

I am new and reading through the blogs for the first time. You make reference to your "eBook". How can I access that?

Posted: 12:57 pm on August 4th

saschafer saschafer writes:
I discovered through trial and error that holes that don't go all the way through a piece can be copied without difficulty, so when I'm faced with having to duplicate holes, that's what I do: I create the original hole as being only part way through, copy it as many times as required, then use the push/pull tool to finish moving the bottoms of the holes to the far side.


Posted: 10:59 am on June 15th

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