Re-creating a Missing Component
In my first book, “SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers”, Chapter 5 covers the subject “Learn to Draw Precisely”. For practicing this drawing skill, I ask the reader to reproduce the Right End from a European Style workbench. In the book, I show the dimensions that provide the reader all information for duplication. It’s a challenging beginning exercise and builds fundamental SketchUp skills.
In the following video I show another way to re-create the End component, based on its relationship to the rest of the workbench.
When involved in this type of process, you will find that the Hide function is helpful. This temporarily removes components from the model, enabling additional work on the new component. Also the X-ray style can be effective, to add detail that connects with other components.
There is a SketchUp setting to help visualize the components while in X-ray mode. Tap the Window tab and go to Components. Run the two slidebars all the way to the right. I maintain this setting in my basic SketchUp template so this is my permanent default setting.
In locating hole positions in the component, I trace over centerlines for bolts and screws, These centerlines can then be used to precisely locate the hole centers.
Here is the video: