Drawer-height progressions in SketchUp
Dave Richards demonstrates how to scale drawers using various methods and how to adjust them to use in future projects.
Drawer-height progression in an interesting thing. Shallowest drawer on top and each drawer below is deeper than the one above it. At least that’s the way they are done in most styles of furniture. There seem to be as many ways to create the height progression as there are furniture styles.
You can see the height variation in pieces like Steve Latta’s Serpentine Sideboard…
…and Christian Becksvoort’s Classic Shaker Cupboard…
…and in the drawer case for the Ultimate Shaker Workbench.
A few days back, I was asked how to create the drawer progressions in SketchUp. I don’t think this is specifically a SketchUp thing but using the tools in SketchUp to lay them out is. There are a numerous ways to do this in SketchUp. One way is to use the Scale tool to scale copies of the first drawer front to create the additional ones. You might set the top drawer height and then scale copies by some factor. Maybe the first drawer is 5 in. tall and the next one you scale by a factor of 1.2. The third one is 1.2x taller than the second and so on.
Another method employs the Hambridge Progression. The basics of this progression determines the height off the width of the drawer front. You can do this one mathematically but I think graphically is much easier. I’ve drawn out an example, below. In the video I demonstrate how to make this drawing and then how to use it.
It’s not very often that the height of a project can be sort of arbitrary. Normally there are some sort of parameters that need to be considered. For example, the height of a desk isn’t normally defined by the height of the drawer stack. Usually the height of the drawer stack is determined after the height of the desktop is established. The same sort of consideration would come into play with Latta’s sideboard, Becksvoort’s cupboard, and the Shaker Workbench.
In the video I’ll show you a way to save the Hambridge Progression component and then how to adjust it so you can use it in future projects.
Hopefully you can get some ideas about how you can use this when designing your own projects.
Have a great New Year!