The new version 8 of SketchUp released several months ago introduced a new Face Style called Back Edges. Below this face style is shown in the Styles Toolbar.
I’m liking this new feature and have been using in recent shop documentation. In most of my perspective views of dimensioned components, I have substituted the Back Edges face style rather than the standard default. Here is an example of a Scene (named Drawer Runners) showing rails and stiles for a sideboard.
The muted dotted lines of the back edges may be hard to see in this small blog picture, but they show up fine in my hard-copy documentation that I take to the shop. With Back Edges on, I can better see the hidden joinery. You can also dimension these back edges. Here’s a closer look…..
So that my saved Scenes, in this case Drawer Runners, automatically show Back Edges, I created a Back Edges Style. Shown below is the new Back Edges style made using the Styles dialog box. Then I apply this Style to desired Scenes.
I still use the default face style without Back Edges for many of the Scenes, for example Scenes showing assemblies. Below is the Assembly Scene for a small Rhode Island Sideboard I’m working now in the shop.
Also, I’m still using the X-ray face style for my orthographic full size templates as shown below. I think the X-ray style shows hidden joinery better than Back Edges.
Here is shop progress on the sideboard. I particularly enjoyed doing the holly stringing and inlay work that was also helped along with SketchUp full-size templates.