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I'm working with a matched pair of large slabs for a table top and I would like to model them in a way that would allow me to determine how I want to cut the final pieces from them. I would like to import images of the slabs so that they have thier true size and then overlay a rectangle which is the final size I want. Then I would like to be able to rotate and move the rectangle over the slab image to find the best looking section of the slab and identify the lines I need to saw. I would then like to crop the image at the rectangle boundary to yield the final piece cut from the slab. Of course I would like to do this for the images of both slabs and then move the resulting sections together to view what the final bookmatched top would look like.
Is this a reasonable thing to do in Sketchup, and can you point me to the features and steps I would use? Any other advice or different approaches to this problem would also be a great help.