Shiplap shows SketchList 3D techniques

One fixer upper show on DIY television is in love with shiplap wall treatments.  I do use them when remodeling but strangely never in SketchList 3D.  Until now!
In a recent training session the designer’s sample project mud room layout incorporated a shiplap wall section.  It made me think of exactly how SketchList 3D cabinet design software might accomplish the look.

Simulate shiplap with dados on a sheet.

ship lap back wall
To accomplish this I did the following.
1. Insert a board.  In this case I used the ‘flat’ board icon – the leftmost board icon at the top of the SketchList 3D screen.
3 board icons
2. Then I ‘cut a dado’ on the surface of the board.  I set its height and depth to .125 inch.  cut dado
The last step here involved contouring the edges of the ‘dado’ to  show it off a bit.  At that point I cloned and spaced the dados until they covered the whole sheet.  The advantage of this approach is speed.  After I saved the board in my library it is there for other applications.   Caution:  I once tried this to achieve a pegboard effect but all those holes slows down the processing a bit.  Better to incorporate a picture of peg board onto your materials.

Board by board approach.

The milling technique or process producing shiplap created an overlapping pair of rabbets to create tight joints in boat hulls. The overlap, perhaps accompanied by some sort of caulking, provided a good seal.   And once the hull sucks up some water – the hull gets really tight.
Again – advantages and disadvantages present themselves to us.
One main advantage of the board by board approach places individual boards on your cut list.  The parts show up on the cut list and the material layout diagram.  Also you can create one board – add all the detail you desire and use the clone and space tool of SketchList 3D to place the boards.
The main disadvantage of the board by board approach arises if you need to move all the boards.  The batch move tool in SketchList 3D does this – but better off to avoid it if you can.
Certainly there is a work around.  If you use a door as a sort of sub-assembly, you place all the boards in the door container.  Then if a move is needed – moving the door moves all the boards contained in it.  This post LINK might help you review using containers.
By the way – for a great video on shiplap look at this.   LINK

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