Push pull only pulls

Hello, I’m trying to create a mortise on a chair leg using the push pull button. The tool pulls correctly, but when I try to push, it extrudes on the other side, but it doesn’t create a hole in the component like it usually does. Any help would be appreciated.



Bar stool_JOINTS.skp (89.7 KB)

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Share your .skp file with us so we can see exactly what you’ve set up in your model. The fact that the rails are blue indicates you’ve got something balled up.


First, you have the leg double wrapped. Explode the top level component. Then open the leg component for editing, draw the rectangle for the mortise and push it in.

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You see this part ? it’s a component. So if you want to, let’s say, dig a hole in it, you have to first double click it to enter it.

what you have done is draw a rectangle on the surface of the component and tried to push it. But the component is protected from that, unless you enter it (same with groups)

edit: ■■■■, too slow.


Don’t take this the wrong way but your model is kind of messy with unneeded nesting, non-solid components, reversed faces and incorrectly oriented components.

Here I’ve mostly straightened out the model by eliminating the nesting, correcting face orientation, making sure all components report as solid. I also flipped the right side leg and seat rail components to make them mirrored copies of the left side ones. Then I used Trim from BoolTools 2 to cut the mortises in the legs and seat rails. If you value your time at all, Bool Tools2 is worth the small investment.

Why is it you have the model oriented such that the standard Fron view will show the back of the stool?


Wow, thank you so much for the detailed answer, DaveR. Actually, the answer to all of your questions is : I’m a total noob at Sketchup. I’m learning while doing this project and your answer gives me good hints on what I need to learn.


If you spend some time at The Learning Center, you will learn how to use the tools to get what you want. (interactive tutorials) Also, go to The SketchUp YouTube Channel and pay attention to the Square One series. Both are sponsored by the SketchUp Crew and well worth the time spent there.

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This is the only forum where I see people eager, almost competitive, to be the first to answer people’s questions!

Love this place.


Yup, I started the tutorials at the Learning Center and I’m lov’in it!


Yep, Dave is quick to answer and a master at the woodworking stuff, too…


You’ll find the instructor an easy way to get started without leaving Sketchup.
This is how to find it on Windows machines, I am not sure how to do it on Mac though

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