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Forum topic by KnottyWoodwork posted 03-22-2010 10:46 AM 1079 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KnottyWoodwork

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03-22-2010 10:46 AM

So I’ve heard a lot about sketchup,and have decided that it is a great tool. Not only to show my clients proposed designs, but hopefully to make myself more effecient. I’ve been using it to build up plans, with dimensions, for clients, and myself. Half the battle done!

For the effeciency aspect, I’m running into trouble. I’m hoping to find a way to get cutlists, and possibly layouts on the boards/sheets. I did a search for the plugin here and found it. 1 step closer..

I’ve been making boxes, and using the push/pull action to make my drawings. And made them to dimensions, but haven’t gotten into using the component part of the program.

Do I have to go through all my previous drawings, and remake them using components? and use components for all my future plans? Or is there a way to skip having to re-do everything? Is there a way to make a library of my standard pieces, like 2×4’s and other dimensional lumber? So that I can have quick access?

thanks for any help,
this forum is a blessing!!


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lew

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 03:43 PM

Send a message to DaveR. He is the MAN on Sketchup

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GFYS

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 05:03 PM

Do I have to go through all my previous drawings, and remake them using components? and use components for all my future plans?

yes

Or is there a way to skip having to re-do everything?

no

Is there a way to make a library of my standard pieces, like 2×4’s and other dimensional lumber? So that I can have quick access?

yes, by creating components and saving them to your components library folders.

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KnottyWoodwork

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 11:07 PM

Thanks for the help/advise. I guess re-designing them is good practice for future projects, helping me become more effecient!!

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BryceVTR250

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#4 posted 03-24-2010 02:46 AM

I’ve Been Finding its quicker to create a group for pieces while i am quickly designing and then convert pieces to a component later. components are nice because when you change 1 they all change but that can also be bad too. when you copy a group they are not instanced to the original they are just a dumb copy.

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TerrytheCarver

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 07:07 PM

Hi
This program looks like something I could use, where can I find it, and how much is it.
Thanks

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Joe , Humble, TX

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#6 posted 03-27-2010 01:22 AM

Terry, the software is a free download put out by Google. Just do a search for “Google Sketchup”.

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nebulous

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#7 posted 03-27-2010 11:52 AM

Any time you’re going to be replicating parts (like sides of a box, legs of a table, etc) it pays to make a component. That way you can easily copy them by moving them and hitting CTRL. And you can copy them between sketches, too.

When you do, though, remember to ‘scale’ them properly, ie to -1 in the appropriate dimension. That way, if you add a detail to the outside of a box, it stays on the outside, rather than half outside half inside.

And if you have a component, but decide you want it slightly different from the other components of the same type, right-click and “Make unique”. Then you have a new component, that is independent.

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