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Creating a Hole in Sketchup 8

I know this may seem like a dumb question but I can't figure out how to make a hole in a board. I thought I could just draw a circle and use push/pull to create the hole, then erase the circle. It's obviously not how you do it because that method didn't work for me. Can anyone help me out? Thanks in advance
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once you push the circle through the board, you have a hole. no need to erase the circle.
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That's exactly how you do it. Make sure you have made the board a component first. Open the board/component for editing, create the circle on the surface and use push/pull. If you've done those steps and have a column that has extended beyond the bottom of the board, you've pushed it too far. If you use the push/pull for exactly the width of the board a hole will appear.

If you are having trouble getting it to push/pull the exact amount of the thickness, use the push/pull to extend the circle through the board and then type in the thickness of the board in the Distance dialogue box in the lower left corner and hit enter. The hole will then appear.

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Ok, I guess I did it then. It didn't look 3D so I thought it was still just a circle. Thanks for the help guys.
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That's exactly how you do it. Make sure you have made the board a component first. Open the board/component for editing, create the circle on the surface and use push/pull. If you've done those steps and have a column that has extended beyond the bottom of the board, you've pushed it too far. If you use the push/pull for exactly the width of the board a hole will appear.

If you are having trouble getting it to push/pull the exact amount of the thickness, use the push/pull to extend the circle through the board and then type in the thickness of the board in the Distance dialogue box in the lower left corner and hit enter. The hole will then appear.
TRC, in order to make a hole in something, the thing does not need to be a component. To tell the OP to make sure to make it a component first implies you cannot put a hole in something unless it is a component.

Not every board needs to be a component. And in order to put a hole in something, you don't need to make it a component first.

There are definately good reasons for components, and they provide a very useful feature, but they are not in any way related to what the OP is asking about in this thread.

Habs, where you fell down was when you tried to delete the hole after pushing it to the other side of the board. If it is till not clear, I can do a quick little tutorial for you.

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Chris, if you can do a quick tutorial I wouldn't mind. Only if its not too much trouble. I just want to make sure I'm doing this correctly. Thanks
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ok ...

the first image is the "board". this is a 2x6.

then there is it with the circle drawn on it.

then the circle is selected and "pushed" down 1 1/2". that is all there is to it.

the last pic is the board with the hole.

note that you can push it part of the way through, exactly the distance of the board, or further. to have fine control over how far it is pushed, you can push it the direction you want really any distance at all, and then type the distance you want it to go. this is what TRC was talking about. that is a great tip and you will find you use it alot.

in this case, i could have pushed it 1/8 of an inch or 6 feet with the mouse, and then typed 1 1/2. since the board is 1 1/2" thick, it stops at the other face, and you get a circle.
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also note that once you have the hole, if you were to select top edge of the hole and delete it, you would end up with a smoothe surface on that side, but the other side would still have a hole in it. i SUSPECT this is what you did, that caused you to ask the question.
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Chris, thanks for the tutorial. I'm guessing maybe it's just the way my drawing looks. I did exactly what you showed and it still just looks like circles on the board. When I push it to the back side of the board a circle shows up but it doesn't look like its pushed through. I'll try and post a picture to show you what I'm talking about.
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I guess it just looks like that because the board is only 3/4" thick. I drew a thicker board and did what you said and it looks 3D. Thanks again.
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I guess it just looks like that because the board is only 3/4" thick. I drew a thicker board and did what you said and it looks 3D. Thanks again.


Nope... In the drawing you posted it should be a 3D hole.
You did something wrong, try it again.

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Haha. I figured it out. I had to explode the drawing to do it. It looks 3D now. Jeez, that took me forever!
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I sense improper work flow. There should be no need to explode a drawing to make holes in a "board"

Are you perhaps moving these holes from one board and copying them to another?

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I sense improper work flow. There should be no need to explode a drawing to make holes in a "board"

Are you perhaps moving these holes from one board and copying them to another?
my guess is that habs is new to sketchup, found a design in the component gallery that he liked, and is trying to make some tweaks to it to suit his needs.
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I'm new to it but this is an original design. I'm not even sure how to find a component and tweak it! Haha! I'm just glad I'm starting to get the hang of this. Thanks for all the replies and help!
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It sounds to me like the boards were part of a group. If you just make a rectangle, then use the push/pull tool to make a board, the steps used above work. But, if the sides have been grouped (either manually or by using the shapes plugin to make the board), then you first have to double click with the arrow tool on the board to edit anything in that group. You know you did it right when you get dotted lines around your board. Once he hit explode, the board was no longer a group, but just a bunch of lines and surfaces, so that also works for making the hole. But, once it is exploded, the board can't move as a group anymore. Note, if the board is part of another group(s), you have to keep double-clicking until you get to inside the boards group.
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I know this may seem like a dumb question but I can't figure out how to make a hole in a board. I thought I could just draw a circle and use push/pull to create the hole, then erase the circle. It's obviously not how you do it because that method didn't work for me. Can anyone help me out? Thanks in advance
Hi Habs maybe some visual pics will help.
I am a the best a hack with sketchup...so take what i say with a grain of salt



In the first pic the hole is drawn and ready to make a hole in your object.

In the 2nd hole,you can see the hole is going into the object, but not through it completely.

And in third hole you can hole completely through the object.



In this pic you can see the hole making process has gone too far through the object.



OK now pullup tool is looking for a distance to complete with, this determined if you have a hole or not. most people can just push through
without flipping to the other side of the object, but sometimes i have a hard time doing this and need to rotate the object to the reverse side then choose and edge or face to pick the end of making the hole.
hope this helps

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