How Do You Chamfer a Circle in SketchUp?

In SketchUp, chamfering a circle is a useful technique that can add visual interest and detail to your designs. Chamfering involves creating beveled edges or corners on a circle, giving it a more refined and polished appearance. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to chamfer a circle in SketchUp.

Method 1: Using the Offset Tool

To chamfer a circle using the Offset tool, follow these steps:

  1. Open SketchUp and create a new project.
  2. Select the Circle tool from the toolbar or use the keyboard shortcut “C”.
  3. Click on the drawing area and drag to create a circle of your desired size.
  4. Select the Offset tool from the toolbar or use the keyboard shortcut “F”.
  5. Click on one of the edges of the circle to activate the Offset tool.
  6. Drag inward or outward to create an offset of your desired distance.
  7. Click once to set the offset distance.

Note: The offset distance determines how much you want to chamfer your circle. You can experiment with different values until you achieve the desired effect.

Method 2: Using Plugins

If you prefer a more advanced method, you can utilize plugins specifically designed for chamfering circles in SketchUp. Here are two popular plugins:

  • FredoCorner: This plugin allows you to round or bevel corners with precision. It provides various options for chamfering circles and other shapes too.
  • RoundCorner: Similar to FredoCorner, this plugin enables you to round edges and corners. It offers a range of customization options for chamfering circles.


  1. Download the desired plugin file from the SketchUcation Plugin Store or other reputable sources.
  2. Open SketchUp and go to “Window” > “Extension Manager”.
  3. Click on the “Install Extension” button and navigate to the downloaded plugin file.
  4. Select the file and click “Open”.
  5. Follow any additional prompts or instructions to complete the installation process.

Note: Make sure to restart SketchUp after installing a new plugin for it to become active.

Method 3: Manual Editing

If you want more control over the chamfering process, you can manually edit your circle in SketchUp. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a circle using the Circle tool as explained in Method 1.
  2. Select the Eraser tool from the toolbar or use the keyboard shortcut “E”.
  3. Erase a segment of your circle, creating an open gap.
  4. Select the Line tool from the toolbar or use the keyboard shortcut “L”.
  5. Create two lines that meet at one of the endpoints of your erased segment, forming a triangle-like shape.
  6. Select both lines and right-click. Choose “Intersect Faces” > “With Selection”. This will create additional edges where your triangle intersects with the circle.
  7. Erase any unnecessary edges and lines to achieve your desired chamfered shape.

Note: This method requires precision and patience. Practice on simple shapes before attempting more complex designs.


Chamfering a circle in SketchUp can enhance the visual appeal of your models. Whether you choose to use the Offset tool, plugins, or manual editing, experimenting with different techniques will help you achieve unique and professional-looking results. So go ahead, try out these methods and take your designs to the next level!