At Allen's request I am posting the text and image from a PM I sent to him earlier this afternoon. He's already posted the previous message so I won't repeat that one.
The nice thing about SketchUp is that you can start drawing loosely as if you were working with pencil and paper. You don't have to worry about dimensions at all. You can just start drawing playing with proportions and layout (3 drawers or 4? and so on.)
Once you've got the basics worked out to your client's satisfaction (even if the client is you) you can start fleshing out the design to work out the actual size of the parts and the joinery. Draw in as much detail as you want or need.
Finally, pull the parts of the model apart so that you can lay them out for materials optimization. Using a cutlist plugin you can generate a list of parts to cut.
The attached image was done from a cabinet I had drawn sometime ago. It wasn't drawn with the intent of making it from sheet goods but I treated it as if it was for this example. I left 1/8" between parts as saw kerfs. Hopefully this gives you an idea.
If you have any questions feel free to ask. I'm happy to help.
Last edited by Dave Richards; 05-05-2007 at 11:11 PM.
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