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Tootles

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 02:06 PM

A few important things to look for in the model:

  • Components: Click on “Window” on the main menu bar and then click on “Components” from the drop down menu. A window will open in which you click on the picture of a house. If the model contains components, they will show in the window below. The idea of components is that they are drawn once, copied a number of times and then any change to any one of the copies occurs in all places.
  • Layers: Somewhere in your toolbars, you may have an icon that looks like an in tray with the letter i in a blue circle. Otherwise, click on “Window” on the main menu bar and then click on “Layers” from the drop down menu. A window will open with a list of layers that may or may not be visible. Layers may contain a number of related components. Copies of components may exist on different layers.
  • Scenes: If scenes have been used, you will see a series of tabs across the top of the model window. The idea of scenes is that certain layers are displayed. You can hide layers containing all components except one, add another layer containing dimensions (for example) and save that as a scene. By creating a series of scenes, you can create a set of diagrams of individual pieces, and more.

It takes a bit of time, but I can recommend the tutorial videos from Chiefwoodworker to get a good understanding of the basics of Sketchup.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking


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