[Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

[Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby PurpLev » Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:59 pm

OK, so it all started when I was trying to write a blog to post here as a tutorial for people starting out with SketchUp. halfway into the blog, I decided that a video would probably be easier for me, and easier for others. so I stopped the blog, and started capturing the video. Halfway through the capture I figured that I probably will need to go a little more basic and a bit more in detail in order to be more clear about certain things that I do - so I stopped the video.

Then it hit me - why not automate the whole thing with a plugin and call it a day. so I did.

I wrote this plugin last night, and cleaned it up a bit more today. It is available for free on my website, and future versions which will offer some extra customization will be available for purchase as part of the wudworx library of woodworking plugins for sketchup.

So, what does this plugin do? what does it look like? you can see it right here:



FYI- the latency in the video as the plugin is doing it's thing are caused by the capturing software and not the plugin itself which works instantaneously.

Plugins Website: http://sites.google.com/site/wudworx/
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby PurpLev » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:50 pm

FYI. Plugin has a new upgraded version.

If you already have a wudworx plugin installed, just copy (overwrite) wwxtool.rbs and wwxboardmaker.rbs into the Plugins/wudworx folder and copy the icons into Plugins/wudworx/icons. make sure the rest of the files stay intact though.

https://sites.google.com/site/wudworx/p ... boardmaker
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby Bertier » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:46 pm

hello

i will try your plugin this afternoon.

does it work with metrics ?

do you know festool's domino assembly system ? I could use a plugin for that too !

best regards
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dannyver » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:43 pm

it would be handy that you could make groups and components
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby Dave R » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:51 pm

What's wrong with it making components?

The whole suite of Wudworx tools are excellent time savers for woodworkers who are drawing to the joinery level.
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dannyver » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:03 pm

Dave R wrote:What's wrong with it making components?

The whole suite of Wudworx tools are excellent time savers for woodworkers who are drawing to the joinery level.


ther is nothing wrong whit it but it would be nice if you can groups to some times it is not handy to make components you need to make them unique when they are copy and they cant have the same name so when you juse cut list you get board#1 and board#2
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby Dave R » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:19 pm

I never use groups when I draw woodworking projects. I only use components and never have trouble.
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dedmin » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:20 pm

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But everything is there! WinXP SP3, SketchUP 8
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby Dave R » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:38 pm

Dedmin, I had this problem when I initially installed the plugin. It turned out that it was due to an RB file that another plugin installed. I think it was Extensions.rb. That file is supposed to be in SketchUp 8/Tools, not Plugins but one of the other plugins contained Extensions and added it to the Plugins folder. I deleted it from Plugins and Wudworx ran just fine.
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dedmin » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:51 pm

:berserk: :berserk: :berserk: :berserk: :berserk:
Works now! Thanks, Dave!
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby Dave R » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:52 pm

Thank you for showing me that my memory isn't all bad. :D :lol:
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dedmin » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:58 pm

We gonna keep it up with regular questions and asking for help! :enlight:
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby Dave R » Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:04 pm

thanks but you might have already gotten everything I remember in that one answer. :lol:
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dedmin » Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:07 pm

:D :D
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby pilou » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:52 pm

Trivial question :)
That is not shown on the video (4.55 minutes )
Does the legs parts are excavated? :oops:
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby Dave R » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:55 pm

Excavated?

Do you mean do the legs get mortises for the tenons on the aprons? There is a mortise and tenon plugin in the Wudworx suite but it isn't part of the free Boardmaker. It creates the mortise and the tenon in one step by editing both components.
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby pilou » Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:01 pm

Do you mean do the legs get mortises for the tenons on the aprons?

Yes :)
So this one above don't make the mortises ?
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby Dave R » Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:06 pm

No. It just makes the boards and as you know, boards don't come with mortises pre-cut. ;)

Take a look at this.
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dedmin » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:00 pm

It would be handy to add this options:
Make groups/components
Ask for a name
Ask for a layer
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby Dave R » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:51 pm

I'm just curious. Would you be willing to pay for the plugin if it had those options?
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby ktkoh » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:47 am

Here is a plugin I wrote that allows you to rename the board and places it on a layer of the same name. To use right click on the board component after it is made and select board to layer from the context menu.

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BoardToLayer.rb
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dedmin » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:57 am

ktkoh wrote:Here is a plugin I wrote that allows you to rename the board and places it on a layer of the same name. To use right click on the board component after it is made and select board to layer from the context menu.

Keith
BoardToLayer.rb

Thanks, but this only works on components. And I have all the layers already set up with the template. There is an excellent plugin for creating named groups - viewtopic.php?f=323&t=23582
and another one - viewtopic.php?t=9318
And the best is a combination of both plus the board maker - in one step I can create a panel with a set thickness, give it a name from the drop-down list and choose the layer for it. And I have to type the names in Cyrillic - big headache to switch the keyboard and a lot of errors! So, having a list to choose from is a huge time saver!
Dave, I would pay if it has this options plus ability to set default height. All other woodworking plugins are not suitable for my work - no mortise and tenon, no dovetails, no real wood - just MDF, HDf and MFB, slides and lifts and a lot of banding.
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby ktkoh » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:54 pm

Sorry my script was not what you needed. This topic started with the boardmaker plugin that makes a component but you must be using a different plugin to draw the board as you are making the board a group.

So you have a list of names that you know ahead of time and want to create a board by entering dimensions and then selecting the name from a list and place it on a layer of the same name? Am I understanding what you are attempting to accomplish?

I am curious why use groups instead of the components most of us use?

Do you have a perffered orientation for the panel?
It seems to me that all the parts for a script that does what you are asking have been written but they just need to be combined and tweeked for your process. But we would need to know your exact workflow to see what would be involved.

Keith
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dedmin » Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:31 pm

Thanks for your response. The way boardmaker draws boards is perfect for me. It would be helpful to have an option to predefine the thickness of the board - the second part when it asks for a thickness. Because we are working with panels with a given thickness. Just as an option - sometimes it is better to draw freely. And a drop-down list with common names and the the same for the layers.

Seems the plugin doesn't care about length snapping option. Also uses only "," to enter dimensions.
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby dedmin » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:11 pm

ktkoh wrote:
I am curious why use groups instead of the components most of us use?

Keith

I have tried to implement components, but this created more problems than any good - I'm mixing a lot of components in different levels within one project and finish with a big mess. Groups allows me to have the same names for different groups and to copy and modify them freely.
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Re: [Plugin] Wudworx Board Maker Plugin (woodworking)

Postby mikehathaway » Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:52 am

Sharon,

Belay my last post, please, about Wudworx not working with SketchUp 2014. I found your directions on https://sites.google.com/site/wudworx/i ... 14verified and all is now working just fine.

Sorry for bothering you...

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