Outer edge profiles in rail and stile doors

I have the most frustrating time drawing outer profiles or reliefs on a rail and stile door. I’d like to be able to draw this and show the customer what my vision was for the door profiles, but Sketchup makes this a time-consuming and frustrating proposition to extrude these.

How do you go about drawing an outer edge profile on the door sides while maintaining the integrity of the faces on the inside faces?

Can you attach a model with a sample of what you are trying to do.
A stile that you want to add a profile too, and the profile you want to add.

Sure! Here is an attachment model with some of the pieces and parts.

RailsAndStilesOuterProfile.skp (65.2 KB)

This is failing because the rounds do not match. You are interfacing a 12 sided 1/4" radius round with about 10 and 1/2 faces of a 12 sided 5/16" round. The facet lines do not match up, and make all sorts of jagged and tiny edges.

One method of modeling features like this is to use 1/2 of a profile and employ the follow me tool to extrude that around the entire face at once.


Understand that the inside face of the rail and stile is not the same radius as the outside face that goes around the face of the door. The inside is about 5/16" (actually probably closer to 11/32 but I’m not trying to be that fine) and the outside is a 1/4" hence the reason for the jagged little edges. I should be able to model what I can actually cut in real life.

Is the answer to re-draw the inside and outside radius’ cove faces with more sides? How else does one have 2 perpendicular faces each with a different radius meet and extrude?

PS please ignore the mating cove piece of the rail; I had not fixed that radius when I posted that. It should also be 5/16" like the face on the stile.

It is possible to do it but not at the small size due to the tiny face issue. I did it using “The Dave Method” without any trouble. I used Follow Me to radius the outside and the top end. For the inner radius I use Ctrl+Push/Pull and ran the radius a little way off the end. Then an Intersect Faces and erase the waste.

RailsAndStilesOuterProfile dr.skp (79.1 KB)