|Forum topic by sean335||posted 05-22-2015 09:30 PM||1148 views||2 times favorited||4 replies|
05-22-2015 09:30 PM
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: <http://seanregan.com/sketchup/dovetail>
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.