Use SketchUp to create a 3D framing model
SketchUp is a very capable drawing program, so the methods shown here are just one way to go about creating this basic model of a framed structure I’m calling a shed.
A Simple Beginning:
In this first of five video clips the rectangle tool is used to draw a rectangle which becomes the starting point for our model:
The “subfloor” component becomes the base for the next step, creating plates for wall framing
Plates are Next:
Here a simple method is used to create a wall plate component with the help of the Offset tool.
For simplicity sake, I created the plates as a single component. For a more detailed or realistic model I could have made the plates with individual pieces to better represent plates cut from 16′ pieces, more like a real-world jobsite.
Straightest Studs You’ve Ever Used:
To add wall studs to this model I create a component and use some more tools from the Digital Toolbox to position, duplicte and rotate it for the wall framing.
Again, to keep things simple in the video, I didn’t follow proper framer’s protocol for stud spacing. If it were important in a model you create, similar steps would be used to place studs for backing on the inside of the structure and nailing for sheathing and/or siding on the exterior.
To Top It Off:
The fifth and last video for this session shows adding double top plates on this shed to will wrap up the “building” project for now.
With walls framed and plates in place this little shed is set for some rafters, which I’ll cover in tne next session on The Digital Jobsite. Hope you’ll come back to check out the progress, and, will someone bring some donuts?
The Big Picture:
If you are getting an idea of how helpful a functional 3D model could be for design work you need to do on a daily basis or planning a one-time project, then The Digital Jobsite is working. There is a lot of room here to throw ideas around and address topics or questions that come up. I would appreciate the opportunity to help readers figure out how to apply SketchUp to their needs, so feel free to post feedback or questions.