Secret Compartment Picture Frame Design

Secret Compartment Picture Frame Design

Hey there, everybody. So today, I want to do
a quick little video on SketchUp drawings. So say you are new
to SketchUp and you want to know how
to draw something for, say, woodworking. Well, I had this little
idea that I got off the internet for a hidden
compartment picture frame. So inside of it, you can
put whatever you want. Me, I’m going to put
my handgun in it. So you can put cash,
you can put jewelry, anything you want to do there. So yet again, this is going
to be a little how-to video if you’re new to SketchUp,
because this design is pretty easy. So it’ll be easy for beginners. So let’s get started. So I’ve already opened
up a SketchUp program. I’m using SketchUp make 2017. So let’s get started. So first, what I’m
going to do is– also, I’m going to be
using a lot of shortcuts with the keyboard. You can use the toolbar up here. You have lots of choices to
do anything and everything that you want. So yet again, I’m using
shortcuts on the keyboard. I will try to let you know
what I am pressing as we go. So for me, we’ll start
off making a rectangle. I’m just going to pick the
center point of the axis here, and I’m going to draw
it out to any size, because what we’re going
to do from this point is actually punch in
the actual dimensions. For mine, it came out
to be 13 inches and 1/8. And then you just do a comma. And then by two and 1/2. Actually, you can just do 2.5. A little easier. So at that point, that gives
you a big old rectangle down here for the dimensions
that we just punched in. So now we want to use
the Push/Pull tool. And we’re going to actually
make a large rectangle block. So all I’ve done so far is just
to pull that up to any size and just let go. And then I can punch in how
thick I actually want it to be. And mine is going to
be two and 1/8 inches. And as you see, that dropped
it back down a little bit. So this point,
this is just going to be one side of
a picture frame. So all I’ve done
so far is drawn out the rectangle to any
dimension that you want, used the Push/Pull
tool, and pull that up to make an actual block. So now we can start
fine-tuning this block to make it however
you want to look. So obviously, we need to
make some 45-degree angles. So over here, we’re going
to grab the protractor. What this is going
to do is just going to make some guidelines for you. So I snapped it on to one
corner there on the outer edge, snapped it on to this inner– whatever you want to call
it, lower edge right here. And then, as you see, you
can draw it out to any angle that you want. Obviously, we want
a 45-degree angle so we can make some corners. And then as you see, that leaves
a little guideline right there. So what we need to do now
is to actually draw a line. And I just hit L to
actually draw a line. Snap it on that
corner right there. And as you see, it’ll let us
draw the line out anywhere. I want to bring it out
to this edge right here. Just press it right there. Now we’re going to grab
the Push/Pull tool again. And as you see, it
highlights a surface plane on either side of this line. So when you press down,
you can draw it down. So you’re basically
taking away– pretend that’s a
wood block, I guess you can add to it, as
well, but take away from that wooden block,
get it all the way down, and then click again,
and it disappears. So we need to do that
on the other side. So yet again, just hit it
on the outer edge right there, draw it out to 45. If you look down on the
bottom right-hand corner, you can actually
see the readout. And it usually snaps to
the major degree segments, so 45 is pretty easy. Click again. Hit the key for Push/Pull tool. Circle around here. We need to draw a
line, I’m sorry. So draw a line. L for line. And it should snap to
those intersections. Now we grab the P
for Push/Pull tool. Bring it on down,
and there we go. We have our 45-degree
cuts on either end. Now as you see, both sides,
if you’re looking down the profile of
this picture frame, they’re straight up and down. Let’s add a little
character to it. I just don’t like the
straight up and down. So what I’m going to do is
I’m going to grab the tape, the little tape measures. So T for tape just anywhere
on this inner edge. I know I want to
come out two inches. By the way, I’m
noticing that I have– I don’t even remember
the terminology for it, but K on your
keyboard will allow you to see the lines that
are behind your object. So you can see these
dotted lines right here. I’m going to hit K
and turn that off. So that’s what just
happened right there. So anyway, I know I want
to come out two inches. So just click. You can hit two,
which you see down on the bottom right-hand corner. Hit Enter. And that line has just
now come out two inches from this inner
edge, and out again. I’m going to grab L
for the Line tool. I’m going to come to this
intersection right here. And I want to come on down to
the bottom corner right there. Now I’ll come back to this one. I’m going to come all the way
up here to this edge right here. I’m going to swing around. And by the way, I’m doing
this, the Orbit tool, by just pressing down on
the center roll button on your mouse. Then you might want to hit
that intersection right there, bring it down to
the bottom corner. All right, so what this
is going to allow us to do is grab E for the Erase tool. Now we can cut away what
we don’t want right there. And I can also
press down out here, press down, swing across, which
we don’t want, and let go. And it erases everything. Hit the spacebar just
to get the Pointer tool. You can rotate around,
take a look at it. So as you see now
looking down the profile, it just has an angle to it,
a little better profile. OK, so to continue on,
what I’m going to do now is make some channels in
it to allow for, you know, what would be the picture frame
surface coming up here soon. Just grab anywhere on the edge,
come down a quarter of an inch. And I want to make another
one because it’s going to be a quarter inch thick. All right, so now I want to
grab the Line tool again. Come to the intersection
right there. Do the same thing just on
the intersection right there. And now I’m going to go to
the Push/Pull tool again. And we’ll go in
one quarter inches. Yet again, you
can see it down on the bottom right-hand corner. All right. So what that’s done
so far is, yes, it’s put in a little
channel right there, but I need it to go all the
way out to the 45-degree edge. So remember what I was talking
about before, that K button? What it does is it allows you
to see the lines that would be hidden behind your surface? I’m going to press that again. I’m going to grab the Line tool. I’m going to go to this
first corner right here, click on there. And as you see, it turns red. That just means it’s in the
same alignment as the rest of this line right here. So on that same axis. Come out here, and
it’ll snap to the face of that 45-degree edge. So click right there. And it’s still connected
to that edge right there. So now you can bring it
on down to this corner. There you go. Then it lets go. So then you can start
and click on this corner, and yet again, because
if we hit the K button, we can see behind this
surface right here. So click on there, bring it
on out to the face again. And we do need to
connect it down to there. We need to make another
connection right here. So now we can grab the E
button for the Erase tool, and erase there. We don’t need that line right
there, we don’t need that one, and we don’t need
that one right there. So just hit the spacebar
to get the Pointer tool. And now you see that
that’s brought it out. So we do need to come and
repeat that over here. And again, just grab
the Line button. Come on out until it
snaps onto the face. Back to the corner. Snaps to the face. Just making these
connections real quick. OK, I think we got everything. E for Erase. Get it right on that
line right there. I don’t need that one, that
one, and we don’t need that one. OK, so spacebar. So we still have these
guidelines sitting there. I can leave them there
and just continue on, but just so you know,
you can always go up to Edit and Delete Guides. And that will get rid
of your guidelines. OK. So also down here we need
to make another channel for the back of
the picture frame. So I’m going to come
up one quarter inches, go to my Line tool again,
scroll out just so I can see, come over here. And then we go to the
Push/Pull tool again. Go in one quarter inches. Spacebar. And then kind of repeat
what we did before. Go grab the Line tool. Come out until it
snaps on the face. Bring it on back. We need to go straight
down, as well. And it should snap
on the vertical. See how it’s blue this time? That’s the vertical axis. And then let’s see. Yeah, we should
be able to erase– oh, no, we need one more. You can make a
connection right there. And then we can
erase everything. There we go. We don’t need that one, either. Hit the Line tool. Go to the other side. Just repeating everything
we’ve done before. If it stays connected– I actually didn’t make that
connection, so there we go. OK. Just erasing what we don’t need. OK. So now we pretty much have
one side of our picture frame. Now, I do know that– let’s see, I’m going to
have some magnets in here. I’m not going to draw
those in just yet. I’ll draw those in later on. I’ll show you why. So I’m going to
delete my guides. And now we need to make this a– I think it was called a group. So what I did, so I just grabbed
out here in the open area, and I’m just making a box
around everything in here. Because right now,
it’s not a group, which just means if we select it,
say, on just this one face and I wanted to
rotate everything, it’s not going to do it. It’s going to make
a weird shape. So we going to make
this one whole object, or SketchUp calls it a group. So make a group. So now it’s connected
to everything as one. Turn off the K
button, if you’d like. So now we can start
making copies and rotating these around to make a
square picture frame. So I’ll grab the Q.
This is just a rotate. And let’s see, I’ll do it
off of this edge right here. And as you see, if you move
it around just a little bit, it’ll snap to all the faces. Just grab, snap to
the one you want. I’m going to be doing
the horizontal face, if you want to call it that. You click on a
corner right there, you come on out as far
as you want, click there. Now since we’re going
to be making a copy, I’m going to hit
the Control button. And then as you see,
you can swing it on out. And we want to go to 90 degrees. And then press your
mouse button again. Obviously, they’re
not in alignment, so I’m going to go to the
Move tool, which is M. And we know that we want
these two corners to match up. So I’m going to click on that. And you can move it
around anywhere you want. And you can also move it and
it will snap to that axis right there. You see how it’s turning green? Just move it on over. And it’ll also snap to
the other corner, as well. So there we go. Now we have two edges
on our picture frame. And then just repeat again. So then you can just
take your pointer button, highlight one of those,
Q for Rotate again. Get it to snap on the
surface that you want. Click, Control, rotate around,
snap to 90 degrees, M for Move. Slide it over, snap
to there, and repeat. There’s probably other
ways of doing this. This is just the
way that I do it. Snap, M. OK. So now we have all four
sides of our picture frame. So now what we need to
do is make the back. So I want to go grab the
Rectangle tool again. So just press R. And then you
can come down to a corner right here. Make sure it snaps
on the corner. So now, as you see,
you draw that out. I’m just rotating my
mouse wheel to zoom out. Maybe zoom back in. Get it to where you can see the
far corner, where you want it to be, and snap on that corner. So that’s created
a rectangle plane. So we need the Push/Pull
tool to bring that up to match the back surface
of the picture frame. So I’ve clicked down on
my left-hand mouse button. And you know, I could bring
that up any size that I want. So, several ways of doing this. I could just bring it up,
let go, type in quarter inch. It’ll snap it down
to a quarter inch. So you can do it that way. Or, if you just bring your
mouse off to the edge, you see how it’s snapping
to that edge right there? I’ll try and zoom down. So yet again, it’s at zero. Bring it up. Just bring it over to the
edge that you want and let go. Now that has created that
flat quarter-inch surface right there. So I’m going to
hit the spacebar. I need to– it’s either
double click or triple click. I think it’s triple click. And that will select every
surface on this rectangle. And we need to make
that a group, as well. All right. So now what we can do is
get around to the front. And we could just
make a copy of that because they’re the
exact same size. So we’ll just select
that back square, whatever you want to call it. You know it’s highlighted
because all the edges are in blue. And I think the
easiest way to do it, even though you
can’t see the edges– well, maybe if we
highlight– you know that they are
extending all the way out to these dotted
lines right here. But what we’re going
to do is we’re just going to grab the Move tool. We’re going to highlight
this corner right here. Just press your
left mouse button. Hit the Control button. That will make a copy. And then you can slide that on
down to this edge right here. So there we go. So now we have our picture
frame with a hidden compartment inside. This will be a little more
clear here in a little bit. Hit the K button to get rid
of all those hidden lines. So now what I want to do is make
two sections of this because– well, here. I’ll just do it, and
you’ll see what I’m talking about here in a second. Do the mouse button. I’m going to highlight this one. And all at the same
time, I’m going to hit the Control,
because that’s going to grab as many
objects as you want, which in turn will make
them all into one group. So hit that one, and
then hit this one. And I want to go underneath and
grab that back surface right there. Hit the right mouse
button on there, and make all those one group. Now that left this– we’ll just call
it the left edge– by itself, and then the top
surface right here by itself. So click off there. Then we want to grab this one. Control button. This surface right here. And make those a group. Now what you can do– just rotating
around– is I can just grab the M for the Move tool. We’ll zoom out
just a little bit. And just click down on
your left mouse button so you can slide it out. So just pretend your hand
is grabbing that edge and sliding it out
of that channel to reveal the hidden
compartment inside. So that area right there. And this particular design,
let’s see what kind of space you have. So from here to that bottom
edge you have an inch and 3/8. I did measure my pistol,
which is a Springfield XD45. And that will leave about
an eighth-inch clearance. So it is pretty tight. But yet again, you can
design it to any dimensions that you want. This is just what
I came up with. Now you remember those
magnets I was speaking of? Because the way
I figure it, when you’re sliding this
in and out, there’s probably going to be some ever
so slight gaps in here, which may let this kind of
wiggle when it’s closed. And obviously, you
don’t want that. You want the joints to
remain as tight as possible. So I came up with the
idea of just putting some magnets in here. So we need to modify this group. And the way to do that is– what I need to do
first is triple click twice to get just
this group right here in the Modify position. And then I’ll come down,
make some guidelines, and come from the
top edge down– I think it was an inch and 1/16,
which is half of the height. And then come in from
this edge an inch and 5/8, which it just happened
to snap to right there. And we can just
rotate a little bit. So I’m going to make a
little circle, C for circle. Click on that
intersection right there, and then bring it out to
any size that you want. I’m just going to say
I found a magnet that is a quarter inch in diameter. So you bring it out to 1/8. And that’ll make your
hole a quarter inch. And then we’re going to
use the Push/Pull tool. And I’ll make a
little hole in there. I’m just going to go in
about a quarter of an inch. I’ll go right there,
and there you go. You have a little
hole right there that you can insert a magnet. Probably have to epoxy
that magnet in there. So while it’s still in the
Modify, come around and repeat. So come down an
inch and sixteenths. Well, didn’t want
to work that time, so I’m just going to make sure–
there we go, triple click on it again. An inch and 1/16. The computer has realized
that I’ve done that before, so a lot of times
it’ll snap to something that you’ve previously done. Why is this not working? Let’s try it again. We need that line. There we go. Need that guideline. Come out an inch and 5/8. So 1 and 5/8. Do your circle. C for circle. Come out an eighth of an
inch for a quarter-inch hole. P for Push/Pull. Push that in quarter of an inch. There you go. So now you have modified
this group with a hole to accept a magnet in there. To get out of it, just click
outside of the box here a couple times. And there you go. So now those two
things are modified. However, we still
need to modify these because you need a receiving
magnet, two magnets to stick together. So I’m just going to
keep clicking till you get into the Modify there. Come on, now. Inch and sixteenths. 1 and 5/8. C for circle. P for Push/Pull. Quarter of an inch. There we go. Over to this one. Triple click to get Modify. Inch and 5/8. C for circle. P for Push/Pull. And there you go. Click outside a couple
times to release everything. I’m going to get rid of
all these guidelines, clean everything up. OK. So from this point, basically
everything is complete. If you want, you can add
some color to everything. I don’t know, let’s just
pick this wood veneer. There we go. However, that kind of makes
everything the same color. So what you have to do
is what’s called Explode. So say I want this
surface right here to be a different
color than this one. Select this group right
here, right click. Hit Explode. That’s basically separated
these two right here. So this one– oh,
I don’t know, let’s just say this color right here. Eh, I don’t like that. Let’s try that right there. No, don’t like that one, either. Well, that’s OK. We’ll go back with this
one just to show you all how to do everything. And then same thing
with this one. Want that back surface
to be different. So explode everything,
select that one– which one, was it this one– and there you go. Now to get those back
into the same group again, remember, just with
the Selector tool, select that one, Control button,
select that one, right click, Make Group. And I’ll slide this
out just a little bit, show you another way to do that. Select your tool. And what you can also do
is just select everything. Right click, Make Group. So that is basically done. And then on this surface, you
can put whatever you want. Attach a picture to it. I had the idea of
just putting say, for example, the first
initial of my last name. So we can do an E and
see what the height is. So we’ve got 8 and 5/8 inches. Let’s just make
something 8 inches. And I’ll just do E. You can
do any font that you want. Looks like we’re going to
have to rotate it around. No big deal. Q for rotate. I’m just going to pick
anywhere, rotate it 90 degrees. M for move. Zoom down on it. I’m not going to try
to make this perfect. You’ll get the general idea. And then we need to make
all of that in one group so we can move it all around. Make it a group. And then Just CLICK on
an edge, slide it over. It should snap. And there we go. I know that E isn’t perfect,
but you get the general idea. Yet again, you can add
picture or anything else that you want to it. So there you go. So that would be how you would
draw something in SketchUp for any of your
woodworking designs. Hope this helped out. If you have any questions, let
me know in the comments below. Any other suggestions,
let me know that, as well. Hope you all enjoyed. We appreciate it. Have a good day. Thank you.

Dereck Turner

1 thought on “Secret Compartment Picture Frame Design

  1. Gary Doney says:

    Wonderful video! I am a beginner wood worker and really enjoyed the instruction. Thanks much for posting.

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