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Drawing Closet Systems

Postby Nat Wheatley » Sun, Nov 12 2017, 5:13AM

I use Ecabinets daily for cutting parts for closet projects, but have never taken the time to learn how to use the drawing portion of the software. I draw everything in KCD, then enter then manually enter the units into Ecabinets to create a batch file.

I haven't invested the time to learn to draw as I've always relied heavily on dimensioned elevation views for my proposal, and I don't see that I'm able to do this efficiently in the software. More and more though, I'm finding that people aren't so much interested in the elevation views, as they are the 3D views. So, I'm rethinking this.

Is anyone else drawing closet systems effectively with Ecabinets?

I took a quick stab at drawing a project and quickly ran into issues. All the units in my libraries have a left and right side panel. I placed several units on a wall side by side, how then do I delete one of the side panels, where the units meet, as they need to have a shared side? Just trying to figure out if what I'm considering is even feasible.

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Re: Drawing Closet Systems

Postby tim lucas » Sun, Nov 12 2017, 7:12AM

Good morning Nat,

Yes ecabinets can be used for closet cabinets quickly and easily. Think of your cabinet in this way, I took a standard wall cabinet added partitions and now you have inside sides shared. Just add fixed shelves and adjustable shelves where you want. You can resize it and it will all adjust. Here is my sample. wasn't sure if you use backs or not so I left it in but if you need to remove it just right click, select construction settings, select back and uncheck it. You should try to make just one cabinet exactly the way you want to build it, get it right then you use it as the main cabinet to create more cabinets.

The online training is well worth the money and will give you ideas on creating better cabinets / closets. Hope this helps.

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To use this cabinet just download the picture and the file and put them in your cabinet library.

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Re: Drawing Closet Systems

Postby Nat Wheatley » Sun, Nov 12 2017, 9:26AM

Tim,

Thanks very much. I was thinking it would be cumbersome to create one custom cabinet for each wall, but I could likely build a library of some of the more popular wall configurations, and resize/customize those as needed. I'll play around with that and see what type of time it's taking.

What do you use to display closet rods?

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Re: Drawing Closet Systems

Postby Ralph Balanik » Sun, Nov 12 2017, 1:44PM

Nat,
If you look at the items in display objects you will find several closet rods. If you select one and then right click you will see an option to scale the object which allows you to change some of the parameters. I am guessing that you would size, rotate, and place the display object like any other though I am not sure if it would automatically resize once placed in a cabinet. Another option would be to create a sheet material that you could use to create a stretcher, give it a shiny finish and then use a stretch to illustrate closet rods. Hope this helps. As far as learning the software, the videos are very good and once you gain a bit of familiarity it is really quite quick to design and build what you want.Well worth the effort and very reasonably priced. Hope this helps.

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Re: Drawing Closet Systems

Postby Ralph Balanik » Sun, Nov 12 2017, 1:47PM

Nat,
If you look at the items in display objects you will find several closet rods. If you select one and then right click you will see an option to scale the object which allows you to change some of the parameters. I am guessing that you would size, rotate, and place the display object like any other though I am not sure if it would automatically resize once placed in a cabinet. Another option would be to create a sheet material that you could use to create a stretcher, give it a shiny finish and then use a stretcher to illustrate closet rods. As far as learning the software, the videos are very good and once you gain a bit of familiarity it is really quite quick to design and build what you want.Well worth the effort and very reasonably priced. Hope this helps.

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Re: Drawing Closet Systems

Postby Ralph Balanik » Sun, Nov 12 2017, 1:49PM

Everytime I post I manage to embarass myself so forgive the double display :oops:

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Re: Drawing Closet Systems

Postby Nat Wheatley » Sun, Nov 12 2017, 1:59PM

Ralph Balanik wrote:Everytime I post I manage to embarass myself so forgive the double display :oops:


Well FWIW, I just managed to do the opposite. I typed out a reply to one of your responses, and it somehow disappeared. For now I'll say thanks very much for the info, its very helpful.
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