New Dovetail Plugin for SketchUp

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Forum topic by sean335 posted 05-22-2015 09:30 PM 970 views 2 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2015 09:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup dovetail

I broke my thumb a few weeks ago so in lieu of time in the shop I’ve been playing around a lot in SketchUp. Drawing dovetails is an annoyingly tedious task and I wasn’t too happy with the other free plugins I could find, so I tried my hand at writing one.

I created a small page with a download link on my site here: <>

I wanted to make it super easy to use, so hopefully no instruction is easy. But basically just draw your model like you normally would and build your corners with basic butt joints and then use this plugin to dovetail it.

It hasn’t really been tested on anything other than my own models on my laptop, so I’d love some outside feedback. I’ll also admit that it’s not perfect. It has a tendency to get confused on complex shapes and can sometimes make a mess of your model, but undo is always an option.

I know drawing joinery in SketchUp is of questionable utility, but it sure looks nice. I hope someone else finds this useful.

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#1 posted 05-22-2015 10:32 PM

Looks pretty useful sean. I’ll have to try it out later. Great job on the tutorial video.

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#2 posted 05-23-2015 04:47 PM

Can You make metric version too, for us mm folks?

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#3 posted 05-23-2015 06:50 PM

Sure, I can definitely add a metric option if people find the plugin helpful.

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#4 posted 05-23-2015 09:02 PM

Very cool, thanks!

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