Sketchup Resources #6: WWX Dovetails Plugin for SketchUp - It's Official!

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 02-22-2010 02:31 AM 9443 reads 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have finally been able to bring this plugin to the state at which I’m happy with it, and feel comfortable publishing it.

here is a quick preview of what the plugin looks like, and what it can do:


The plugin is offered for sale (not pitching it, just stating a fact). I’ve created a website to host and manage the plugin which can be found here:

WUDWORX plugins page

Where you can also find a tutorial page which shows how to install, configure, and use the plugin. the Tutorial can be found here:

WWX Dovetails Plugin Tutorial Page.

This is all a brand new venture for me into new possibilities, both in marketing and starting a small business, and also in the development of tools and aids for woodworking in the virtual realm.

I would like to offer Lumberjocks a special price, but since this is all new to me, I need to find out how to do that as well.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 02:37 AM

Sharon i cant get the video to work mate

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 02:41 AM

When I click play it says-
“This is a private video, if you have been sent this video, please make sure you accept the senders friend request”
Really wanted to watch…


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 02:47 AM

Thanks for the feedback – like I said, this is all new to me – never used Youtube before, and the video was set for private. fixed now.

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

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 02:55 AM

Wow !!
That is awesome.
I just use the basic sketch up download ( no plug ins)
That looked so simple. I’m sure it would take me forever longer. LOL
Thanks for sharing this,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 03:21 AM

nice now if i can just figure out how to use sketch up i really don’t have the brain for it i guess. great plugg

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 03:42 AM

Wish I could use sketchup that well. I know, I know, people will help with that. I just don’t have time for it. Well done on the plug in.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 06:41 AM

Great plug in Sharon! Simple to use very intuitive..nicely done! Really allot easier to do than hand draw a row of pins and tails…


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#8 posted 02-22-2010 07:40 AM

Nicely done! I wish you great success in your ventures.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#9 posted 02-22-2010 12:36 PM

Thanks everyone.

Dave – Thanks for the plug on FWW Design Click Build. your presentation with the model looks much better than mine. as for the banner- I never did finish that dovetailed box, so I finally was able to make a use of it :)

As for plugins in general, as you can see from my demo – I don’t have any plugins installed either :) well, except for this one now. it really all boils down to the nature of your work with Sketchup and what tools can help you speed things up.

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

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Tim Dahn

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#10 posted 02-22-2010 01:11 PM

Wow sharon, looks like you’ve really put some work into this, great job and on the website.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#11 posted 02-22-2010 05:02 PM

That is SWEET!!!!! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished for something like this… and laying them out with trial/error and the Control/move and /3 stuff just doesn’t always make ‘em turn out like I want.

-- Ryno

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Russ Anderson

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#12 posted 02-23-2010 06:48 PM

That looks much easier than drawing them manually. Nice work! I notice some ghosted lines after the tails are created. It looks like the plugin is creating a surface in between each tail. You can easily check this by hiding one or both of the sides.

-- Russ

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#13 posted 02-23-2010 10:31 PM

Glad you like it guys,

Thanks Dave. that is correct -the artifacts are from YouTube compression of the original capture movie. as I stated – I’ve never worked with Youtube before, and need to figure out the bits and tricks of making the best of it.

the plugin itself does not leave any extra artifacts or parts in the model.

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

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#14 posted 03-22-2011 04:09 AM

This is a really cool and useful plug-in. Thanks so much for sharing it, and yes, in case no one has said it yet, the higher quality video really makes a difference.

-- Brian -

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#15 posted 05-17-2011 09:43 AM

I do like your articles, though unfortunately on this occasion I could not view the video.

-- Kath -

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