Hello everyone, I am new to sketchup and this forum. I am going to be using sketchup for deck design and estimates/materials list.
I am just starting to understand groups and component and their uses. I am designing a rectangle deck 30’ by 12’ . There will be a double border around the entire perimeter and interior boards will be on 45 angle. I wish to buy “estimator” or a similar plugin in the future (any recommendations?) in order to make estimates and materials lists quickly.
I have made 2-10, 2-8, and also an exact length deck board component that will fit between the borders on the deck top and already has 45 angled cuts on the ends of the boards.
I put the first deck board component in the bottom left corner on a 45 angle- then I make enough copies to fit across the deck.
My question is-should I be using groups or individual components for the smaller angled boards I have to fill in at the beginning and ending sections where a full size deck board is too big.
Is there a way to use a regular deck board component for these smaller sections and use some sort of line tool to cut them all off at the edge of the deck border. Would this give me accurate size measurements for each board in an estimator type plugin.
I hope I made this kinda clear-I apologize for the rambling.