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Creating Cabinets with Open Doors

Reference Number: KB-01130 Last Updated: 05-12-2014 08:56 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

I want to show my cabinets with open doors, how do I do this?


 


ANSWER

To create a cabinet with open doors, you will first create a cabinet with no doors, manually create detached doors and apply any desired hardware, place them on the cabinet then rotate them about a pivot-point.


To Create an open Cabinet and stand-alone doors

  1. For this tutorial we will be using a wall cabinet.  Select from the menu, Build> Cabinet> Wall Cabinet , and click to place it on your plan.


  2. With the Select Objects  tool selected, click to select the cabinet, then click Open Object  to open the Wall Cabinet Specifcation dialog.


     
    • On the General tab we will specify a Width of 36".

       
  3. On the Front tab, click to select the doors on the preview and press Delete to remove them, leaving an opening, then click OK to close the specification dialog.




    • From the menu, select Library> Library Browser


    • Browse to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Cabinet Doors, Drawers, & Panels and select the Door style of your choice. 



      *For this tutorial, we will be selecting Rectangular> Framed> Divided Glass EP.


    • Select the desired cabinet door in the Library Browser, then click in a blank space in front of--but not snapped to--the cabinet. You should receive the following message:



    • Click Yes to place a cabinet door.


    • With the Select Objects  tool, click to select the cabinet door and press the Open Object  button.


       
      • On the General tab, set the Height to 34 1/4", and Floor to Bottom to 54 7/8" to make fit the wall cabinet.

      • On the Label tab, place a check mark next to Suppress Label.


         
      • Press OK.

    Do not worry about moving the door to the cabinet just yet, we will position the door once we have added the hardware.


    To Add Hardware to Your Door

    1. Use the Zoom  tool to zoom in on the right edge of the door, where we are going to place out knob.


    2. Click Library> Library Browser  to display the Library Browser window, and browse to Chief Architect Core Content> Architectural> Hardware> Cabinet Hardware> Knobs, select a knob.  For this example, we are using "CK 08".




    3. Click to place it on your door.




    4. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the knob and pull it back so the back of the knob snaps to the face of the door.

          


    5. With the knob still selected, click Open Symbol .  On the 3D tab, place a check next to Specify Origin and set the Z value to 0", and press OK.




      • With the knob still selected, click Open Object  to open the Hardware Specification dialog.  Set the Floor to Bottom height to 56 1/2", and press OK.



      • Now let's take a look at the knob and make sure it is sitting where we want it.  Click 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation , click in front of the door and drag through to the backside of the door to get a front elevation view of the door and knob.

        • Make any necessary adjustments to the position the knob.



      • Close out of the Elevation view and use the Select Objects  tool to drag a selection marquee around both the door and knob to select them both, then click Make Architectural Block .


      • Click Open Object  to open the Architectural Block Specification dialog.

        • On the General tab, uncheck Display Bounding Box.




        • On the Label tab, place a check next to Suppress Label.




      Before proceeding to the next section, you can take this time to use these same techniques to add additional hardware, such as hinges, if you so desire.


      To place the doors

      1. Use the Select Objects  tool, click to select the newly blocked door object, click Pt-to-Pt Move , click once on the back, right corner of the door, then click once more on the center snap point of the face of the cabinet.




        Note: If no snap point presents in the center of the cabinet, be sure to check Edit> Preferences> Edit> Snap Properties, and make sure "Midpoint" is checked.


      2. With the door still selected, press Copy/Paste , then Reflect About Object , then click the centerline of the cabinet face.






      To open the doors

      1. Click CAD> Points> Place Point , then click on the back left corner of the door to place a pivot point.


      2. Using the Select Objects  tool, click to select the door you wish to open.


      3. Click Edit> Edit Behaviors> Rotate/Resize About Current Point .


      4. Using the door's Rotate handle, click and drag the rotate the door, pivoting off the Point.

        Hold Ctrl to disable Angle Snaps if you want a different angle than what is given.



      5. Repeat steps 1 and 4 on any and all other doors you wish to open, but make special note that the Rotate/Resize About Current Point feature utilizes the most recent point placed as the "Current Point", so any modifications may require clearing and replacing of Points prior to rotation.


      6. Click CAD> Points> Delete Temporary Points  to clear all points.


      7. Click Edit> Edit Behaviors> Rotate/Resize About Current Point  to set the behavior back to normal.