Draw board with angles to fit

ok too much time trying to figure this out.
trying to create a 2x4 board on an angle that fits in between 2 vertical studs and of course have the board ends at the correct angle they make when adjoining the studs, hope the pic illustrates my goal. I was hoping to draw the board outline and use push/pull like when moving an object and selecting an end point a drag the end point to its junction point and let su draw the angles but there doesn’t appear to be way to do that, this is make 2017

I would use the protractor to place a guideline at the angle you want between the studs. Create the 2x4, on-axis, and make it longer than you need. Make it a component. Use the Move tool to bring the 2x4 into position, connecting one corner to the guideline. Use the Rotate tool to rotate the 2x4 so it aligns with the guideline. Open the 2x4 component for editing and trace a line over it where it overlaps the studs. Finish by using Push/Pull to remove the waste.
Hope this helps.

I’m not sure if this is what you’re looking to do or not but I thought I’d take a shot.
Don’t know what happened with gif at the end, it’s just a push pull.



t hanks for the replies, I like the look of shep’s solution, but will have to try it tomorrow, and reply back, when recovered from a long su day

can’t duplicate shep’s solution, perhaps my su, make 2017, doesn’t have the same capabilities,? when trying to draw an outline my su just goes somewhere that doesn’t
allow the shape to be drawn as illustrated, for the component solution can’t get the protractor and angle angle and edit part…thanks for the suggest ions.

this is the starting line and anything past this is just not happening

Next is the measuring tape tool. Create a guideline 1 1/2" offset, aligned with the side face of the top plate.Doesn’t work?

I wonder, looking at your two pictures, is the line you’ve drawn lined up with the top plate? Why doesn’t it start from the top outside corner of the stud on the left?

Shep has a good example. Don’t have to trim or worry about angles.

Isn’t the lower end of your line starting in the wrong place? @Shep’s method is what i would have done but I would also have selected the new element and made it into a Group or Component.

Perhaps you could attach the model.?
It may be an alignment problem with the existing geometry.



first, many many thanks for keeping with this, and I’m sorry but the first drawing was
not right, see my attached drawing for the correct configuration of the boards,
to attach an angled plate to the horizontal plate I needed to
sister 3 rafter extension boards onto the roof rafter to have a 3.5" wide
attachment surface in line with the vertical wall, the attachment points are in the middle of the 1st sister rafter and the middle of the 3rd sister rafter board where the vertical
stud for that wall also intersects the sister rafters.
once I draw a line to either of the sister rafter/stud intersection points
its like the line tool just doesn’t function as it normally does. it doesn’t seem
to allow draw a line to a desired point, click and continue with the next line
of the shape.
I’m suspicious because all the sister rafters are glued together the line draw
tool can’t function normally
I attached the drawing and btw, its off topic, but at some point all the dotted lines
for all the pieces of the drawing are showing thru in the background, I can see
this could be useful at times, but I would like to shut that view down, its too busy
and confusing with all those dotted lines everywhere. some setting in preferences?

gar4.skp (285.3 KB)

Before you go any further with your model, you really should deal with the problems already existing. It’s the same with building something in real life.

One major problem is you’ve create the majority of the framing and part of the foundation as one monolithic mas of geometry. You should be working with components and groups.

Another problem is that you’ve got some dimensions that will be difficult to reproduce in your real construction. For example, you’ve modeled the long vertical studs as 9’ 8.019496" I’m only guessing but I’m thinking that’s not what you really want.

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Dave is right. But anyway Shep’s advice still holds. The big face is OK. You can proceed to draw the offset guideline and draw the bottom edge of the sloped plate using the guide. Then select the big face below that edge and erase it. The face of the plate should remain. Then push-pull the plate to the correct width. Hold the alt key down to maintain the outside face.
Reverse faces so only white (front) faces are showing.

The big face would not occur if you used components, or if you wish at this point, group everything else so it does not join with your new edges and faces. But it will really be helpful down the line to at least make some components of say, foundation, wall framing, roof framing to separate them fro one another.

It may help if you spent some time at the LEARNING CENTER. The Sketchup Fundamentals will be well worth viewing.

ok some progress, but kind of by luck I think, I worked with the too big
face, cut it apart and got to draw in the top plate but now having same issues
trying to draw bottom plate, hopefully there is a way that won’t take another
bottomless pit of hours
I guess components is the way to go, tutorials etc talk about the value of using
them, but I thought it was mostly to be able to reuse, which didn’t seem to apply
here as it is all one off. don’t think I want to duplicate this one right in comps. also I
I thought you couldn’t move and attach using endpoints,with comps, which is sooooooo handy thanks again for the help

Here is part of your drawing done with groups. Give it a try on the copy and see if things work better.


gar4.w grps.skp (207.6 KB)

thanks shep, super supportive, unfortunately I’m using make 2017 and it won’t open your 2019 version w/o an upgrade to that, which I don’t want to do right now, am experimenting with david h suggestion to use a component or group, have tried both, I can position and rotate ok, but right now su not happy with selecting and pushpull to remove the excess board length. beyond the vertical studs, either I can’t see the points to connect or the pushpull goes weird.

■■■■, I’m sorry, I forgot to save back. Here ya go.
gar4.w grps.skp (183.0 KB)

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gee shep, can I draw a beer and send it to you! I will check out your
in the meantime
I found a solution, I pull the face out that I want to draw the face
shape to remove material, then I can pencil select, I guess when its not
co-mingling with the board it intersects it makes su happy, after selecting I can pp to
remove that part, then I pp the face back to being flush with its adjoining
stud, kinda lotsa busy work but at this point I’ll take anything that works!!

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