[Plugin] SImple wood working Tools

[Plugin] SImple wood working Tools

Postby jhoutman » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:41 pm

I have written a few simple woodworking tools that I use in designing furniture. Most can easily be done using standard sketchup methods but since I use them so much, they save me time.
Create Board - creates a named component, with all three dimensions and oriented in space.
Resize Board - One dialog box editing of all three dimensions.
Drill Board - a repeating tool for drilling holes in components.
Dado Board - a repeating tool for Dadoing boards.
Set to front - Sets a component to the xz plane with one click. (Handy for
creating cutting list scenes).
Set Relative - moves a component relative to another in all three dimensions. (Handy for setting boards in space).
I am working on a tool allowing one to resize a group of components, one direction at a time allowing one to resize say a drawer without resizing the widths, thicknesses etc.
I am new to Ruby, but have written tons of things inside AutoCad.
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Postby Dave R » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:54 pm

Very interesting set of tools.

A question on the dado tool. I select the componentin which I want the dado. The prompts at the bottom are to click the FROM edge and then the To edge. I would expect the dado would be plowed from the first edge to the second but instead, I get a dado running at 90° from the edges selected. I'm also not clear about the "Over" option in the dialog box. Any clarification would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: SImple wood working Tools

Postby Chris Fullmer » Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:00 am

Very cool, thanks! Would you mind editing your initial post title to start be "[Plugin]SImple wood working Tools" (add the [Plugin] tag). Just helps keep the forum easier to search :) Thanks for the scripts,

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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby remus » Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:15 am

Edited the title, hope you dont mind.

Thanks for the plugins :thumb: always cool to have a few more to add to the collection.
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby xrok1 » Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:41 am

it would be great if you'd show some pictures of your tools in action, so we could know (visually) what they do before we decide its worth the fight with our toolbars.
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby dammerel » Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:37 am

Great script Joel
just a question with the drill board, how to you position the hole to be drilled. i tried to select a point but i keep getting invalid point

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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby Dave R » Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:01 pm

Joel,

Thanks for this.

I posted this question in the Woodworking forum where you first posted these but I''ll ask it here, too. It concerns the Dado tool.

"I select the component in which I want the dado. The prompts at the bottom are to click the FROM edge and then the To edge. I would expect the dado would be plowed from the first edge to the second but instead, I get a dado running at 90° from the edges selected. I'm also not clear about the "Over" option in the dialog box. Any clarification would be appreciated. Thank you."
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby jhoutman » Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:42 pm

I tried to post a small word document showing the dialog boxes
etc. I guess I don't understand how to do that.
Drill tool needs a point already on the component face.
Perhaps set by Tape Measure tool.
The Dado tool "from/to" edges are not the ends. They define
how you want to place the dado. The from edge and to edge define
the plane and how your dimensions to the dado are placed. Hence a dimension
of 1 inch is from the from edge in the direction of the to edge. What
you are dimensioning to is one of three possibilities To (the nearest edge)
Center (the center) or Over (to the furthest edge). That is kind of
an old convention in carpentry.

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Re: Woodworking tools in SketchUp

Postby Sawduster » Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:46 pm

Hey, I like those. You can even use the dado tool to make tenons quite quickly. Thanks.
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby akigrimm » Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:30 pm

I've tried to translate this simple component. A simple component to draw carcasses with. Maybe you could use it. And you can use it in a report ...
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby Ken » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:07 pm

Joel

Well thank you for the great plugin. I know those who cannot write these plugins never seem to be satisfied. So could this plugin be made to work on groups as well as components?

Again thanks

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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby brandy20 » Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:24 pm

Joel you did a very nice set of tools. I like them!

Any chance to have the same in the metric version for the european guys? :fro:
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby jhoutman » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:35 pm

One could in principal make them work on groups rather than components, although, the way I work a "board" (ie piece of wood) is a component. Hence, I work on components.

On Metric. It would be simple to make a metric version. Anyone could do it. One could load in the *.rb's and where ever you see .inch on a variable then change that to .mm. You could change a default .75inch to 19mm for examples. The .inch appears in two ways in these scripts 1) as an extension for declared variables (depth.inch change to depth.mm) or 2) as default values for the input box. Make them whatever you want.

Thanks for the feed back.
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby Jim » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:45 am

jhoutman wrote:On Metric. It would be simple to make a metric version.


It would be simple to make a version that used the user's default units, too. Just use .to_l to convert the dialog values to Sketchup::Lengths.
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby brandy20 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:35 pm

jhoutman wrote:One could in principal make them work on groups rather than components, although, the way I work a "board" (ie piece of wood) is a component. Hence, I work on components.

On Metric. It would be simple to make a metric version. Anyone could do it. One could load in the *.rb's and where ever you see .inch on a variable then change that to .mm. You could change a default .75inch to 19mm for examples. The .inch appears in two ways in these scripts 1) as an extension for declared variables (depth.inch change to depth.mm) or 2) as default values for the input box. Make them whatever you want.

Thanks for the feed back.

Joel


Well, I can see what you mean now. Thanks.
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby RalphB » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:45 pm

OK, I'm a newbie but I cannot get your plugin to be recognized by Sketchup 7. I placed the file into the Plugins folder like I did with cutlist, re-started Sketchup, and yet nothing appears in the list I get when I click on Plugins.
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby Dave R » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:47 pm

RalphB wrote:OK, I'm a newbie but I cannot get your plugin to be recognized by Sketchup 7. I placed the file into the Plugins folder like I did with cutlist, re-started Sketchup, and yet nothing appears in the list I get when I click on Plugins.


Ralph, this plugin doesn't appear in the Plugins menu. It appears as several entries in the Draw menu.
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby RalphB » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:23 pm

Yep, that's officially a "Duhh" I did find it, thanks. It would be nice if the description of a tool such as this told one where it would appear once installed.....
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Re: [plugin]SImple wood working Tools

Postby Dave R » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:28 pm

Ralph, if you open the file in NotePad or another text editor, you can read where it will show up. It's typically in the last few lines of the script.
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Re: [Plugin] SImple wood working Tools

Postby heaker89 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:08 am

hi im use skechtup 8 and can't see where this plugin menu
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Re: [Plugin] SImple wood working Tools

Postby Dave R » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:47 am

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Re: [Plugin] SImple wood working Tools

Postby tashnag » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:04 pm

Hello All,

I got the Plug in and am having a problem with the dado tool. For some reason it works properly from some sides, and not from other sides.

I may have a hard time describing it will but here it goes.

I have a 3/4 (RED AXIS) x 25 (GREEN AXIS) x 27 3/4 (BLUE AXIS)

When I select the FROM edge as the 27 3/4 high edge that's furthest from the Red Green and Blue, the TO edge behind the 27 3/4 high edge on the same plane on the red but still away from the blue and green, the dado window pops up, I enter 1" in the TO distance, TO edge, Width 3/4, Depth 1/4 and it works just great.

When I select the FROM and TO to be the opposite edges it does something really funky.

It doesn't get set in an inch from the outside edge like I want it to (I'm assuming how it should work, as it works on the opposite side) but it makes a rabbet 1 3/4" wide. If I try a dado again after that, it works properly again.

its just from certain edges, it doesn't inset the Dado, but makes a rabbet that uses the TO distance, and the Width to determine the width of the rabbet.

please help me find out whats wrong.
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Re: [Plugin] SImple wood working Tools

Postby tashnag » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:19 am

I found the updated version, and the draw dado now works properly, but the create board wont do anything at all. Any ideas?
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Re: [Plugin] SImple wood working Tools

Postby Dave R » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:20 am

Maybe the author will chime in but I expect he'll want to know if you're getting any errors in the Ruby console when you try to run it or when you start SketchUp.
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Re: [Plugin] SImple wood working Tools

Postby tashnag » Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:48 pm

No errors, with the new version, I can go to the draw menu, select create board, enter the info, and click ok, then nothing... Same if I try to save default. Looks like resize board is having the same issue of not doing anything.

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