I have been trying to round corners/edges and was delighted to find this post because what I had tried was not working. The fact that you have to make the model thinner by radius of the round over was bothersome so I continued to think about the problem. The problem is the lack of a face in which to draw the round over profile. One way to create this face is to pass a cutting plane through the model; either parallel to the red-blue plane or green-blue plane. This cutting plane can be constructed by drawing a rectangle and creating front and back components (or right and left). You can use "view/component edit/hide rest of model" to expose the surface on which the round over profile can be drawn. The "follow me" tool can be used to round over THREE edges. The same thing can be done with the other half of the model using "copy/paste in place". I tried it and it works but the (ugly)results were different shading on the two halves of the model. I make no claim that this is better, just different.
You are a genius!!. I erased that back edge without first opening the component for editing; the line went away but the problem still existed. Next, I opened the component for editing, deleted the line and everything is great. Thanks for your help on this specific issue and also your many other great posts.
Thanks for your suggestions. When I did the push/pull, I am pretty sure I typed in 5/8" for the thickness. If I rotate my model so I can look at the back side of the front skirt, I see the outline of the region I wanted to waste. If done properly, you should be able to look through the opening in the front skirt and see the inside face of the back of the magazine rack; I can't. I must have done something wrong when I created the front skirt.
I just completed Chapter 7 and am 95% happy with the results. I am embarrassed at how many hours it took me but it has certainly been a learning experience. I ended up with numerous little "clean up" jobs that were not mentioned in the e-book so I was unsure if they were related to screw ups on my part. One thing common between the example you showed in the blog and my results is what you labeled "blue face here". I am unable to eliminate this feature. Do you know what I likely did wrong and how do I get rid of it?
I had some issues with the rabbet in the top. A fellow sketchup'er told me guide lines for editing a component could be drawn before the component was open for editing. After having some difficulty, I deleted the guide lines and reconstructed them with the component open for editing. Things then worked ok. My question is can you construct guide lines before opening a component for editing.
This definitely helped my get further along in Chapter 7 of Killen's Sketchup Guide. Unfortunately, I got stuck on drawing the Front Skirt of the magazine rack. I must have done something wrong because I was unable to complete Step 9, push/pull of the rectangle defining the front face of the Front Skirt. When hovering over this rectangle with the push/pull tool, a blue diamond would appear above the push/pull tool. I have searched the web for an explanation of what the blue diamond means. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I have tried to interest the CAD teacher at one of the local high schools in using SketchUp as opposed to one of the more popular commercial products. Unfortunately, I was not successful. Students could download the free version of SketchUp and "play" with it at home. You can't do that with the big commercial CAD products. If you turn kids loose with SketchUp, you would be amazed with what they would teach themselves. The purpose of education should be to learn to think for yourself instead of providing training on how to use CAD package xyz.
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