I was trying to sketch some angled legs for a bee hive bench 2 ft tall. The compound angle was 15 degrees (north-east for example) I thought it would be simple enough, but it was a bit of a pain. I couldn’t just locate a point 2 ft above the bottom of the leg skewed in 15 degrees both ways with a protractor and pull it up,
Why does it always have to only pull perpendicularly? Granted, perhaps the follow me tool would have been a better choice than what I did, namely, making a collection of guide lines, then drawing them in with the line tool. I would think there would be an option for this.
Try modeling the leg on axes. (vertically)
Then rotate it 15° about the appropriate axis.
Intersect two temporary horizontal cutting planes to cut it to length.
Make it a Component, then Move/Copy and Flip to make the set of four legs.
humm. See, my thinking is: why not have a hot key you can invoke then type in the angle or adding a comma, the second angle? ( X 15, y 13) Then push pull the object.
What I am trying to emulate is the action of a chop saw doing a compound miter. So to keep the object’s internal dimensions unchanged, so for this to work SU would have to enlarge / skew the the shape according to the angle(s) chosen - so I guess an additional hot key or popup would be need to invoke this option.or not.
That is also a pet peeve with using the rectangle tool. I would try and draw a sloped roof and I was stymed by the tools unwillingless to do what I want. The rotated rectangle option may be the solution, but I haven’t played with it to see if it does skewed rectangles
I appreciate the work-arounds you have posted, however, I hope the masters of the realm on all things Sketchup consider this tweak. That and a 3 tier sales program - free, paid but lacking layout ( while opening auto cad drawings), and the full on pro version.