I am trying to learn how to use Blender, and tried to create the chest of this tutorial : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICBP-7x7Chc

I am encountering a problem when it comes to beveling, in order to add more edges to the sides of the chest (21:16 on the video).

Before beveling : enter image description here

What it is supposed to look like : enter image description here

And here is the (atrocious) result I am getting :

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And if I extend the bevel further, here is the result :

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Now, I don't actually understand why I am getting this result... And I hope someone here has an idea about what I did wrong...

Here is the .blend file :

  • $\begingroup$ First of all Remove Doubles and get rid of ngons. $\endgroup$ – cgslav Dec 6 '17 at 2:43

So what's happening here is your object has a fair number of double vertices. Blender has a tool for removing doubles which can be found by pressing W in edit mode with everything selected. This does a decent job, but as a result created some triangles and n-gons (faces with more than 4 sides) which you definitely don't want. As well, it doesn't fix the original problem.

The reason these double vertices are a problem is because beveling adds more loops and then slides them on the edges connected to the vertices you had selected. Double vertices/faces/edges results in some of the connecting edges have a length of 0 and thus no direction. So blender doesn't know which way to slide the loops created by the bevel operation and you get the messy results you see.

To fix the problem, you have to remove the double vertices as well as clean up some extra edge loops and messy faces that are left over. It's definitely worth a try to fix this yourself as you will learn much better by solving the problem yourself. It can be pretty tricky to clean up a mesh though, so I uploaded a file that's been cleaned up and bevels properly.

One of the most common causes for double geometry, especially among beginners, is when you extrude something with E whether accidentally or intentionally and then immediately cancel the extrusion with Right click. This still extrudes the mesh, but leaves the extruded mesh directly on top of the original mesh, thus causing double geometry.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot for the answer, it was clear, and very instructive. I have been stuck with this problem for several days not knowing how to solve it, but I will do my best, and try to solve it myself. And thank you for the .Blend file and for the time you spent for fixing my problem. $\endgroup$ – Baptiste Dec 6 '17 at 7:48

Your Object has the following issues:

  1. Unnaplied scale
  2. Uneven scale factor on X and Y axis (resulting in skewed bevel corners)
  3. Lots of duplicate geometry, overlapping edges, and double vertex
  4. Your central loop has a discontinuity, resulting in residual edges and ngons

Take good care of your workflow and watch your modeling techniques to yield good results and proper mesh topology.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot for the advice, I will definitely try to be more careful about it. $\endgroup$ – Baptiste Dec 6 '17 at 7:44

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