Woodworking with Sketchup : Drawing a mortise and tenon

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Blog entry by smgaines posted 10-01-2010 09:20 PM 15017 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been traveling a lot for work so I haven’t been able to get into the shop much lately. So what better to do when you’re sitting in a hotel room in Altus, OK than create a couple of google sketchup videos. I’ll release them over the next week or two. Thanks for watching.

-- Scott, Georgia

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 03:57 AM

Thank you!

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

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 08:33 AM

Thanks, that makes it look very simple to do, now I have to just master the basics of Sketchup.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 03:08 AM

Wow tough crowd! :)

I can think of a couple of other ways to do this as well. When creating this I was trying to think of a method that will work in all situations. In this example you’re right I think the offset tool would have been quicker. I’m not so sure that it would work as well though if your tenon wasn’t going to be in the exact center of the board. Maybe it would.

-- Scott, Georgia

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 03:12 AM


How do you load the cut list plug in….sounds awesome.


-- Palmer Divide Woodworks--Where steel collides with wood

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 03:54 AM

Dave, we’re just coming from different perspectives. I do this for fun I don’t work with clients I like to create a build just to get away from the stresses of work. I’d guess there are one or two others on here that do this just for fun as well. :) From my perspective as an amateur builder a lot of the sketchup tutorials for woodworkers out there assume a pretty high level knowledge of sketchup that most people that are amatures don’t have.

I know that there are easier ways to do things, but I guess its kind of like a lot of people don’t know that you can hit Ctrl – C for copy in word for example they probably just go up and hit copy on the tool bar. I don’t care that M is the command for the move tool in sketchup (PC) I just go up and hit the move button on the tool bar. Yeah it probably takes a little longer, but hey where do i have to be. :)

By the way I really love your tutorials. Some of them I have to watch a couple of times to get what you’re doing but I really like them.

-- Scott, Georgia

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#6 posted 10-04-2010 02:16 AM

Dave’s the master of keyboard shortcuts!
I have the same problem when trying to teach someone some Sketchup basics..I talk too fast and assume that they have certain skills that they might not have. Sketchup is a lot like other design software..there’s more than one way to do almost any operation. I work in an office with several other CAD drafters. Everyone has their own way of doing boss is old school…. loves menus, and doesn’t use keyboard shortcuts, or drives me crazy when I stand behind him and watch him work…not to mention I drive him crazy saying..” You know, you don’t need to click on the zoom just have to roll your mouse wheel”


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#7 posted 10-04-2010 04:27 PM

I get both of these, but suppose you wanted the drawing to be really accurate? You would want the tenon to be a bit smaller than the mortise so that it would actually slide in. and you would want the tenon to be a bit shorter in length to allow for glue trapping.

Which technique would be better if you were going for that level of detail?

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#8 posted 10-08-2010 01:54 PM

Thanks for plug in info…will give it a try.


-- Palmer Divide Woodworks--Where steel collides with wood

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#9 posted 10-09-2010 07:13 PM

Dave’s right. In woodworking fitting is understood. A skosh larger here, a skosk smaller there and it fits. Trouble is when humidity or damp wood become an issue.
In metalworking sizes and fits are spelled out. As in a tenon dimension would be .250 -.0002 +0000, and a mortice would be .250 +.0002 -0000

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 10:15 PM

Great Video! Thanks for taking the time to make it and share with us! A+

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

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