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Drawer Sides Tool WindowI have added a SketchUp Ruby script drawing tool called Drawer Side to the Construction Plus tool set. Drawer Side creates the Drawer Side component of a traditional drawer, including front and back tails and dado for the drawer bottom to ride in. A Left Drawer Side instance is placed at the model’s origin. This instance can be copied, placed and mirrored (flipped) to create the Right Drawer Side. From there the front and back can be easily created using the Intersect Faces tool.

The tool’s Drawer Side command shows up in the Draw menu and also on a tool bar called Construction Plus. Its human interface is user friendly and allows for the quick creation of multiple drawers, such as needed for a high boy. Each time you use the tool a new drawer side is added to the In Model Component library with a Drawn Drawer Side With Dadounique component name. To create a series of drawers with the same depth, but progressively deeper, simply change the drawer side width, and perhaps the number of tails and re-Draw.

Drawer Sides accepts Metric or Imperial inputs and user inputs are saved when the tool is used or closed so that they can be restored on the next use. User instructions can be displayed by clicking the Instructions button. Help buttons are also provided for each category on user inputs, as is a helpful picture showing the input information requested. The Drawer Side window will adjust size to accommodate older and smaller screens.

Download Construction Plus and check out Drawer Side. I will probably evolve this tool to add functionality such as drawing the front, back and bottom of the drawer, drawing general tail or pin boards (without dado) and with the same  or different ends. Stay tuned.


View From My Kitchen WindowMany of you are probably wondering when the next Chiefwoodworker’s Newsletter is coming out, since the last one was August 15th and they normally come out every two months. You may have also noticed that my last blog was September 16th. I haven’t given up blogging, or writing my newsletter. This summer I discovered my house of ten years old had a serious water problem in two places that needed immediate attention (and a third not so serious which I will attend to next year).

The repair project required the removal of a door in front and a double French door in a second story bedroom, which opened onto a deck. Because of the amount of snow we get in this area, and exacerbated by my metal roof, snow collected around these areas and eventually found its way into my nice cozy warm home.

It’s a long story I might write about in the next newsletter. But suffice it to say I have been a full time carpenter for the last few months; indoors in my shop or home when it rained and outdoors when weather permitted. The extent of the repairs was quite large. I decided to replace both doors with windows. A lot of siding had to be replaced and a deck removed. The project had to be completed before winter weather set in, though you are probably aware the Northeast got a surprise Halloween snow storm. It left 30" in my area. So I had to devote my entire attention to this minor distraction.

The repairs are nearly complete and I will soon be returning to my favorite hobbies: woodworking (of the furniture variety), photography, blogging and writing my newsletter. I have decided to forego the October issue and distribute my next one on December 15th. So I ask your patience. Rest assured I did not lose your newsletter request if you signed up post August 15th. You are on the list and will receive your first newsletter in December.

Thank you for your patience and interest.


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