Hello. I’m a cabinet maker, long-time SketchUp user and I’m new to this forum. When I’m designing a piece of furniture, I will develop and refine it through several drafts. Is there a way to save these different drafts within a single file in SketchUp? For example, if I’m designing a chair, I’ll create a file named “chair designs”, then save each version of the design in the same file. Thanks in advance, Dan.
Sure. You can model more than one chair in the model space. I do this sort of thing frequently. I usually end up with the pieces of furniture next to each other so they can be compared.
Here are a couple of examples.
The original design for the table is in the background. A client wondered about a shorter version with leaves. I made a copy of the original table and shortened the components as needed and converted it to a draw leaf top.
Reusing or modifying components where possible helps to make the job easier.
And if each chair is a component or group, you can use tags and scenes to control which is visible and to switch between the choices
Wonderful! Thanks for replying and for those great examples. I can see how this works if each draft is a group. I was imagining something more like a row of tabs underneath the toolbar that I could label Draft 1, Draft 2 etc.
You can do that, too. Just tag the groups so you can choose which one is visible in each scene.
Thank you. I haven’t used tags and scenes before. I’ll explore them both
A quick and dirty one…
Yes, I can see now. Thank you for taking the time to show me. I really appreciate it.
Here’s an example using a small Shaker-style table designed by Christian Becksvoort. He does the table with square tapered legs or with turned legs. Since the rest of the table is the same, I only swapped out the leg components with tags.
Brilliant! Thank you.