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Sketchup Resources #9: Wudworx Board Maker Plugin

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 1480 days ago 7037 reads 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Other things are out there Part 9 of Sketchup Resources series Part 10: The Drill Guide »

OK, so it all started when I was trying to write a blog to post as a tutorial for people starting out with SketchUp. halfway into the blog, I decided that a video would probably be easier for me, and easier for others. so I stopped the blog, and started capturing the video. Halfway through the capture I figured that I probably will need to go a little more basic and a bit more in detail in order to be more clear about certain things that I do – so I stopped the video.

Then it hit me – why not automate the whole thing with a plugin and call it a day. so I did.

I wrote this plugin last night, and cleaned it up a bit more today. It is available for free on my website, and future versions which will offer some extra customization will be available for purchase as part of the wudworx library of woodworking plugins for sketchup.

So, what does this plugin do? what does it look like? you can see it right here:

FYI- the latency in the video as the plugin is doing it’s thing are caused by the capturing software and not the plugin itself which works instantaneously.

Plugins Website: http://sites.google.com/site/wudworx/

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.



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ClayandNancy

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#1 posted 1480 days ago

I guess I’m a little intimidated by Sketchup, how important do you think it is to the average woodworker? I do all my plans on a sheet of graph paper or I’ll get them from some other source and maybe alter to my liking. I tried it once and was some what overwhelmed by all the different drawing options. By the way I did like your video.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 1480 days ago

Hi Sharon;

You are VERY good with this program. Call me amazed!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 1480 days ago

ClayandNancy – this plugin was developed with you in mind. it helps avoid the most common issues new sketchup users seem to be experiencing and that is the ‘component’ syndrome :) I think you should give this a try.

how important is SketchUp the the average woodworker? that is a very personal and general question. how important is a block plane to the average woodworker? some could not do a thing without it, while others never seen one and have no problem with that. bottom line – whatever works for you is whats important, this is merely another tool that may or may not be of service. for me – it does wonders.

amazed – thank you ;) now if I could only do the things you do with the REAL THING you could call ME amazed!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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ClayandNancy

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#4 posted 1480 days ago

Which version should I download? Will the free version work? I’m assuming this plugin needs a base version to work?

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Eric_S

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#5 posted 1480 days ago

Wow. That is such a great idea and plugin. I especially like the tenon feature. Great job.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 1480 days ago

ClayandNancy – the free version will work just fine. thats what I use.

Thenks Eric. If you liked the tenon feature, you should checkout the dovetail one ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Eric_S

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#7 posted 1480 days ago

OH THATS COOL! Excellent features, they really help.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 1479 days ago

An upgraded version is now available. you can just extract the new files over the old ones if you already installed the plugin (overwrite old files)

Let me know what you think.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 1479 days ago

OOPS- disregard my previous comment about replacing files – do not overwrite ALL files.

If you already have a wudworx plugin installed, just copy (overwrite) wwxtool.rbs and wwxboardmaker.rbs into the Plugins\wudworx folder. make sure the rest of the files stay intact though.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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timrowledge

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#10 posted 1479 days ago

ClayAndNancy – I’d suggest that SketchUp (OK, CAD programs in general, let’s be generous here) is probably going to be seen as about as important as a router within a few years.

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 1478 days ago

I like it, I used sketchup for my ourdoor kitchen. Takes some practice but it works great. Thx for sharing this is very helpful!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Stevinmarin

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#12 posted 1478 days ago

Wow. This is a great plugin!

@ClayandNancy I just recently started using SketchUp. I’m sure I’ll still make quick sketches with pencil, but for more complicated designs, SketchUp is invaluable. It really gives you a better view of what you want to accomplish. At least for me and my limited drawing skills, that is a huge advantage.

I only spent about 6 hours watching videos (such as PurpLev’s) and playing with SketchUp to understand the basics and apply it. There comes an “aha” moment where it clicks and you are good to run with it.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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PurpLev

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#13 posted 1478 days ago

Thanks guys. glad to see you find it useful. makes making it worth while.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Bill729

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#14 posted 1477 days ago

Folks if you’re not using SketchUp, you owe it to yourself to use it a little. I think it helps toi work through a book on it. Though I’m not going to recommend the first book I used. I’m on my 2nd book, “SketchUp Cookbook”, which is very good, but it is not designed as a book to start with. Good luck!

Bill

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