Sketchup Shorts #6: Compound Angle Cuts

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 03-17-2010 06:02 PM 9428 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just posted this as a comment/response on another thread but figured this might be something that others could find useful. so here goes.

This short tutorial shows one way to create a compound angle cut on an edge of a 2×4. this can translate to any other situation where a compound angle is needed:

I started with a 2×4, used the protractor tool, and made a guideline from one corner at a 10 degree angle:

I then selected the opposite EDGE of the ‘board’ and using the MOVE tool, moved it down (select move tool, click on the edge, then press on the UP arrow key on the keyboard to lock the move to only the up-down (blue axis) direction) to the guideline:

I then created the compound angle on the other face of the 2×4, at 10 degrees:

And selected the adjacent EDGE to the one I moved earlier, and MOVED this new EDGE down to the NEW guideline:

All done!
Since this is a component, you can see the original 2×4 bounding box with the newly created compound ‘cut’ end:

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

7 comments so far

View ryno101's profile


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#1 posted 03-17-2010 06:40 PM

We all bow to your mad Sketchup Skills! (And your willingness to post these tutorials is noteworthy as well!)


-- Ryno

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 08:14 PM

ha! I wouldn’t go THAT far, but thanks. I find Sketchup such a great addition to woodworking, that if I can help people use it better I know it can help significantly. not sure how much that really helps, but can only hope it does a little.

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

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 10:50 PM

Thanks for the posting. When it comes to SU, every little bit helps.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 03-18-2010 01:16 PM

Oh sure, anyone could do it that way, Sharon!

UM, I’m still trying to figure out out to turn it on!

Nice post, my friend.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 04:36 AM

Lumberjacks your site is a favorite!. You ability to display visual and in the written for is brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Simon -

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#6 posted 06-17-2011 11:37 AM

You always make these things look so easy! Thanks for sharing these tips with us.

-- Paul -

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#7 posted 07-11-2011 11:21 AM

Learning to sketch for your building project, regardless of complexity is important and a necessary part of the planning for your timber project. Thanks again for such detailed and creative approaches for the DIY!

-- Brian -

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