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Forum topic by Chiefwoodworker posted 12-29-2011 09:44 PM 1108 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2011 09:44 PM

I just released a new SketchUp tool that draws a dovetailed drawer side for either a traditional or contemporary drawer, or a tail board. A traditional drawer is one where the bottom is generally made of hardwood and is allowed to expand/contract below and past the drawer back. A contemporary drawer is one where the bottom is generally plywood and does not need to allow for expansion. The bottom in that case is completely enclosed by dadoes. In both case this tool drawers the appropriate tails and dado to the users specifications and creates a component that can be copied, mirrored and used in SketchUp to create drawer fronts and backs with the Intersect Faces tool.

The tail board can have tails at either end, both ends or no end.

You can download this and other related tools at:

The zip file needs to be extracted to your Plugins SketchUp folder.

Examine the unzipped files before extracting and delete any tools not wanted. But I think you will find them all useful.

If you previously downloaded and installed my drawer_dovetails tool, delete its .rb file and folder. This new tool replaces it.

-- Joe.....

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 10:37 PM

thanks for sharing. I think it would have been nice to see some screen shots as to what it does and how it works, maybe like a tutorial or sorts or a demo.

FYI, link doesn’t work.

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 11:12 PM


Thanks for the heads up on the link. Apparently it was truncated somehow. I edited the post and corrected it.

-- Joe.....

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#3 posted 12-31-2011 04:27 PM

It does now, thanks Joe, so is this an updated ver.

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