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Blog entry by nisker posted 06-22-2014 08:07 PM 2448 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at dovetails for a while – and beeing awfully fond of tools, I figured a dovetail template would be a nice thing to have for that purpose.

but I also really like the idea about building my own tools and a dovetail template is very simple in design. However im not really sure I can yield my saw with enough precision to make a wooden one yet – allthough buying a dozuki really helped there.

So I went with a different approach that gave me an opportunity to learn about designing for 3D printing. I used the free webbased software Tinkercad (www.tinkercad.com) for the the design.

The result of versions 2 and 3 can be seen below:

The green one is the latest version where I’ve cleaned up the design to make the printing process more simple – this has improved the precision a lot.

I’ve already used v2 to lay out some dovetails – but im not going to show you those :)

The 3d files can be downloaded here



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NormG

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 02:37 AM

Great tools, looks like they are pretty sturdy also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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nisker

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#2 posted 06-27-2014 05:47 AM

thanks norm – they are quite sturdy even though they are made of plastic and partly hollow.

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mafe

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 07:49 PM

Ok I don’t know what is the coolest…
The fact you 3d printed a tool or the fact that you gave me one.
I do know that I am thrilled, thank you so much, that was so kind of you.

Here a thank you blog: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/43064

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 07:56 PM

http://www.instructables.com/id/eWaste-60-3DPrinter/
Perhaps this is a project for you Nisker.
Smiles,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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nisker

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 08:36 PM

You’re welcome Mads :)

I’ve considered building a 3d printer a couple of times but for now im happy with having access to one :)

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Schwieb

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#6 posted 11-05-2014 08:41 PM

This is pretty neat stuff. I too have always love to make things. I can see where a 3-d printer could be soo cool to work with. Welcome to LJ’s. Any friend of Mads is certainly a friend of mine.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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tyvekboy

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#7 posted 11-05-2014 09:44 PM

Question: What does the H and S indicate on the dovetail template?

Very Cool! Thanks for posting.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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nisker

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#8 posted 11-06-2014 06:10 AM

Schwieb: Thnaks for the Welcome – Is really nice to be able to make complex shapes with high precision.

tyvekboy: H & S is for Hard and Soft wood, the angles are different.

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tyvekboy

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#9 posted 11-06-2014 03:17 PM

Thanks for answer. Never to old to learn something new. It actually got me searching the internet for more info on dovetails.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 03-21-2015 01:20 AM

fun topic… I’m tempted to buy a 3d printer and figuring out how to mix it with wood working… Maybe clock faces or hinges.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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