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derosa

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505 days ago

I found this sketchup and my wife really likes it to the point I can start on it, problem is it is useless to me because I can’t for the life of me figure out how dimensions are determined. Actually I’ve never figured out sketchup ever. So any pointers or tips?

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse


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JSB

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#1 posted 505 days ago

I would suggest this website. It has everything you need for sketchup for woodworking. There is a video on there dedicated to dimensioning. Once you get the basics it is truly a GREAT tool for design.

http://sketchupforwoodworkers.com/

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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oldnovice

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#2 posted 505 days ago

Use Creo and start over, it can give you dimensional prints of each part and the entire assembly. I you don’t want to try it send it to me and I’ll do it for you!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 505 days ago

there is no need to start over with anything… SketchUp can get you dimensions.

depending on what you want to accomplish there are several ways to go about it, but to get you started, you can select the “Dimensions” tool (from menu “tools”), then either click on a line in the drawing – in which case it will provide you with it’s length, or click 2 intersections/points in the drawing and it’ll provide you with the distance between them:

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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derosa

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#4 posted 505 days ago

Turns out after some searching that the whole set is ripped off from Wood magazine, thanks for the answers but I think I’ll get them from Wood. I have a friend with the whole collection and I don’t have to steal it.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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MTC_Est_2012

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#5 posted 504 days ago

Rev Russ,
You can determine the dimension either with a dimension tool or by using the tape measure. The dimension tool will put a dimension in the model the tape measure just displays the dimension in the status bar at the bottom.
Another caution is that either way you do this (dimension tool or tape measure) you must make sure you are “on axis” or you will not get accurate information. You will know if you are on axis because the dotted line between the points you pick will be red, blue or green.
Also, when adding dimensions (for example dimensioning the height of a table from the bottom of a leg to the table top) if the two points you pick on the model are not directly above/below each other you will not get accurate dimensions. So, in my example if the table top extends out over the leg you will have to first use the tape measure to create a point to dimension to.
Hope this is not too confusing.

Mark

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