11 Nesting Drawers – Part 2

11 Placing Drawers Part 2

Now that we’ve placed this drawer in, we need to look at where it’s sitting in relation to the height of the joinery unit.

First of all what you can see is this drawer massive in relation to this joinery unit and it’s just sitting on the bottom. We need to move this drawer up so that it sits above the kicker.

First off, let’s fix the height of this drawer. Go to Family Types, and change the drawer height parameter to 150.

The drawer height is looking a little bit better now, but the drawer base needs to sit 10 millimeters above the kicker height.

To control the height of the drawer I am going to create an empty parameter. Go to Family Types and create a new parameter.

Name the parameter “Drawer 1 Offset”.

Now, let’s set the Drawer 1 Offset to equal the Kicker Height, plus 10mm for the drawer tracks.

Click Apply. The value for the Drawer 1 Offset is now 130, because the kicker height is 120 and we added 10 millimeters to that.

Select the drawer, and in the Properties Panel, click the rectangle for the offset parameter. Set the offset parameter for this drawer to be equal to the Drawer 1 Offset that we created.

It’s now at 130 millimeters, which is exactly where we want it to be.

Now, we can add a few more drawers. Go to the floor plan. From the Drawer Family in the Project Browser, drag in a couple more drawers.

We have three drawers in here. Hide the first drawer, and place one of the new drawers in that space.

Use the align tool to align the drawer center to center and back to back.

Let’s look at this from the front. This second drawer is sitting on the base.

This time we need another formula though, because we want this second drawer to sit 10 millimeters above the first drawer.

Go back into family types, and create another parameter and Name it Drawer 2 Offset.

The Drawer 2 Offset is equal the Drawer 1 Offset plus the draw height plus 10 millimeters.

This is because the Drawer 2 Offset equals the Drawer 1 Offset, which is from the base to the bottom of the first draw, plus the drawer height. And then we want the second drawer to be 10 millimeters above that. Simple. Click Apply. The value is 290.


Click OK. Select the second drawer. Set the offset value for this drawer to be the Drawer 2 Offset. The drawer immediately moved into place.

We’ll do that one more time for the Drawer 3 Offset. Create one more parameter.

Name it Draw 3 Offset. Its value will equal the Drawer 2 Offset, plus the drawer height, plus 10 millimeters. Click Apply.

The value is 450. Good. Select the third drawer. Set the offset value to the Drawer 3 Offset. OK, that’s looking good.

Go into floor plan. Align drawer three to this reference plane. Lock it. Align it to the center plane .

Everything is aligned. Let’s go into 3-D and flex everything.

Turn it into a wireframe, and flex it. Change the depth to 900, the width to 500, and the height to 1500. Click apply.

It flexed very nicely.

11 Nesting Drawers – Part 2

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