Making dovetails in sketchup

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Forum topic by Evowood posted 04-01-2016 06:28 AM 987 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2016 06:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup dovetail plugins extensions

Hi all. I am sure there are a few people here who use sketchup to model their wood working projects. I created a plugin that allows you to select a set of faces on two boards and it will create dovetails in the objects. There are a few limitations right now, like the two boards have to each be unique groups. But it can do both regular dovetails and half blind dovetails. I put a picture below of a half blind dovetail I made simply by drawing two boards, drawing a line where the back of the half blind dovetail goes, and selection my 4 faces. The face selection goes in order of

socket end grain
socket inside face
pin end grain
pin inside face

I also have the ability to enter the number of dovetails, the percent of the width of the board that will be pins (higher percent means wider pins), and the angle for the dovetails.

If people are interested I will add the plugin to the sketchup extensions repo so anyone can download it.

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 09:59 PM

That’s very cool.
Probably still a bit over my head but very interesting.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 04-12-2016 12:42 AM

Interested. I find Wudworx too confusing

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#3 posted 04-13-2016 07:00 PM

Great. not sure of any free dovetail add ins. pls do add the the extension manager!

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#4 posted 05-02-2016 07:55 PM

I am going to work on adding it this week. Been busy building my deck. Not many dovetails there…

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#5 posted 05-05-2016 10:08 AM

Nice work. I like sketchup, and use it a lot. Not so good at dovetails though!!

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#6 posted 05-05-2016 08:32 PM

I’d like to add this to my Sketchup program. Is it available for downloading?

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