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Scott

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09-25-2015 04:19 PM

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There may be a simple answer to this but I can’t figure it out. I’ve drawn a corbel bracket and made it a component. I then drew a garage and I want to place the bracket precisely on the front of the garage but it seems like I have to insert the component and then manipulate it step by step to try and get it where I want it.

Sometimes it looks correct, but if I switch to top view the brackets is sometimes off the front wall of the garage by some amount.

It seems like there should be an easy way to snap it to the front of the garage but I’m pulling out what little hair I have left trying to do this. This is for a garage arbor pergola that will span the length of a 3 car garage. I need to place several brackets before I can “build” the rest.

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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#1 posted 09-25-2015 04:42 PM

It is difficult to move an object along three axis’s in Sketchup. Try move along one axis at a time. Once you get the object close to the surface, the built-in snapping functions usually work.

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 05:20 PM

DS, do you isolate the axis with the arrow keys to get close?? It drives me nuts trying to put components together, and when I get close the component will snap to the other side of the other face…

Can’t find the right way to ask google the question to find a tutorial for this, any pointers?

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 05:45 PM

When I create components, I often specify the “Glue to” option. In your case, you’d probably want to specify the “Vertical” option, which will assist you to place the component of the “face” of the front wall. (Make very sure your component is actually orthogonal when you create it).

Another aid is to specify a handy “insertion point” on the component. For your corbel, I might choose the middle of the back edge of the top of the vertical board. (Just Google “Sketchup component insertion point”.)

I tend to place components on corners, then move just vertically, then just horizontally.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 06:21 PM

Keep at it Scott, you will get the hang of it. It is difficult to reference an object to a face (your garage wall) when placing it. Sketch identifies intersections or corners the quickest so it is easiest to start there.

Insert your component at a corner of the garage wall, and then you can move it vertically or horizontally by starting in that plane and pressing the shift key to constrain the movement in that direction, then type the offset distance and press enter.

Another way would be to use the Tape Measure Tool to place intersecting guide lines at a point that identifies a position for the rear corner of your corbel. The intersection of the guide lines will give SketchUp a point to snap to.

I hope your project turns out great!

-- Dave, Clovis CA

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#5 posted 09-25-2015 06:22 PM

JD are you using the free SU? I can’t find the insertion reset in the components browser?

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#6 posted 09-25-2015 06:24 PM

Thanks everyone. ds and Dave, that is basically the method that is working for me right now. jd, I will give that a shot also.

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#7 posted 09-25-2015 06:53 PM

Here is what I’m working on:

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#8 posted 09-25-2015 07:14 PM

ChefHDAN,

I am using Pro, but I don’t think its a Pro feature.

Actually, there are two ways to “change” the insertion point: temporary and permanent.

Temporary is what I do most often. I usually already have the component in the model, so when I use the Move tool, the point I click on the component becomes the “temporary” insertion point (only lasts for that Move operation).

Permanent is what I do for components I KNOW I’m gonna have trouble with (e.g., knobs on cabinet doors), and I believe this only works with my components actually in the model (i.e., NOT for components inserted from some other file). Two steps. First reset the component axes (context menu on the component in the model) to where I want the insertion point to be (e.g., the center of the back face of a knob). Second, open up the Component window, and get a context menu on that component in the Component window; THAT’s where the “Reset insertion point” option shows up (but its only operational AFTER you Change Axes).

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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