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Question about scale

greyspider56's picture

Hi guys. I have a question about scale. I found a sketch up plan of something I'd like to build. I printed it out ,but nothing about the scale shows except a 1.000 at the bottom right. I want to use a few of the drawings for a template if i could. Any ideas?



DaveRichards's picture

It would help to see the (post #167231, reply #1 of 3)

It would help to see the SketchUp file but here are a few things to consider.

If the drawing was done correctly, everything should dimension out at full scae. SketchUp is not like CAD programs where you set some scale and draw everything to that scale. You draw 1:1 in SketchUp.

As far as printing for full size templates/patterns, you can set up scenes for them and print them. Tim Killen and I have both written about doing this on the Design. CLick. Build. blog  Here's one link to look at:

If you have the pro version of SketchUp you can make it even easier to print full size patterns by sending the scenes created in SketchUp to LayOut and setting the scale of the view. Then you can export a PDF file which can be printed out full size. One of the nice things about this option is you can create large scale pattern and have them printed at your local printer or large office supply store.



greyspider56's picture

night stand (post #167231, reply #2 of 3)

Hi Dave. Thank you for the reply. I'm was trying to get the hang of sketchup when I found this file. I don't remember how or where I got it from. As you can tell by now, I'm not that computor savy. I'll send you the file if I can.





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DaveRichards's picture

Hi Mike.   Do you have an (post #167231, reply #3 of 3)

Hi Mike.


Do you have an associated SKP file or just the PDF? Actually, the PDF doesn't look like it was created from a SketchUp model. With the PDF that you have, it might be possible to get someone with a large printer to print at a scale that would give you the patterns you need to make templates.

It's interesting that there's no name on the plan to give credit to the person who made it.

If you'd like, I might be able to help you with getting full size patterns. E-mail me and we can talk.