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09-19-2011 04:12 AM

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I’ve been using SU for about 2 years now but there are alot of features Im not sure how to use, for example how to make a cutlist, how to get good textures that look like real wood to enhance a drawing, and my last question is can I draw something say a work bench, save it and add it to a totally different drawing like say a room? If anyone be willing to answer these questions I certainly thank you in advance.

-- Twitter-@thebenchroom

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 04:31 AM

1) There’s a SU Cutlist Add In. Search “Sketchup cutlist” here on LJ.

2) There’s also a guy here on LJ that provided a very good wood texture library. I think THIS is it.

3) Select all (Ctrl-A), copy it, open your new Room drawing, paste it in.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 05:25 AM

Since we are asking questions, I have one. I have a piano hinge component I got from the Google warehouse. It is not perfectly vertical (off by a few degrees). I know how to rotate it but not how to get it perfectly vertical. When I put it on the edge of my cabinet it does not align correctly so when I rotate parts of the hinge separates.

For Cutlist, you need to create components and the name is used by Cutlist to figure out what the part is. I name my parts like (1/2” Baltic Birch Plywood Cabinet Side). You can set the words that are sheet goods, or hardware to aid in the import.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR,

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 11:59 PM

Paul, Draw a vertical line, move it to that line, then line it up using that line as your reference.

PS: I’ve found that most parts I get from 3DW have some kind of problems (massively large file, misaligned, not properly broken up into components or groups). I get ideas from there sometimes but I rarely see well designed components there.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 09-20-2011 04:43 AM

Paul, you can also try selecting the component and right click, menu, align to axes, it should align to the genral axes setting of your models environment.

And John, another option for 3 is having your bench (for example) as a saved project, when you are in your other room project go file>import and browse for your bench file, it will automatically open up within your room project in move mode so you can postion it (though it’s sods law that things always come in at either 90 or 180 degrees to how you want them)..

I have spent the last couple of evenings moving my proposed bench and tools around my sketchup workshop to help me work out wiring:) Very handy for visualising layouts to see the space in 3D.

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#5 posted 09-20-2011 05:22 AM

Jeth, I don’t see an “align to axes” in SketchUp 8, free addition on the context menu or menus.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR,

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#6 posted 10-02-2011 08:04 PM

You can sign up with Fine Wooworking online. They have a blog called Design Click Build with lots of information on Sketchup. Paul, take the protracter and determin the angle of the hing and correct it with the rotate tool


-- Leon .

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#7 posted 10-03-2011 04:31 PM

I’m currently reading & working through Mr. Lang’s sketchup for WW e book. Very nice book but I’m having an issue with the dovetail section. After you make the tails on one end of the board, you copy and flip the board and overlay one board partiall with the second and then select and explode the components and delete the overlaid portion—this doesn’t work for me—the board is almost all gone when I do this and I’ve started over several times. Anyone else have trouble with that lesson? any suggestions? Other than that, the book has been very helpful. I believe I’m doing something wrong, but can’t figure out what.

BTW—I think it might be cool if we had a forum section just for SU questions. Is there enough interest that maybe we could ask for one?

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