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  • #763393
    Bert Vanhooff
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    Hi everyone..

    I’m a woodworking software developer and have developed a simple dovetail layout designer. It allows you to visualize how your dovetails will look and prints a template which you can stick on your board and have precise lines to cut to.

    Here’s the tool: https://tinydesigner.app (free to use)
    And here’s a video of me cutting dovetails with the printed template: https://youtu.be/r0gl2HZcHjc

    If you have any feedback, let me know. I hope you like it!

    #764074
    Austin Conner
    Participant

    Very clever tool, great work. The visualization is more valuable to me than the printable option, but I see how that would be useful to some.

    I’d like to see something that defines the rake of the dovetails and the ability to toggle between different rakes (ie 6:1 vs 7:1). The tail base width is not something I usually consider.

    #764107
    Edmund
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    The forum software is wrecking my replies, so I’ll try again
    please forgive any duplicates

    I think the tool is off to a great start, and I’m wondering if it can be used to create tails with arbitrary layouts, or must the tails be spaced uniformly?
    I’m envisioning a sort of layout where there are two equal tails to the left and right, and a small central tail — can the tool do that?

    #764243
    Bert Vanhooff
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    Thanks for the feedback. Setting a different ratio should be easy. I’ll have to think about where to put it in the UI though. Will keep you posted.

    #764244
    Bert Vanhooff
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    Arbitrary layouts with differently sized tails is definitely something I’m aiming for. However that’s not so easy while keeping the tool easy to use.

    What I could do rather quickly is enable you to remove certain tails from an evenly spaced layout. This might allow you a bit more design freedom. I’ll try to add this in the next couple of weeks and keep you posted.

    #764270
    Edmund
    Participant

    Hi Bert,

    I suppose if one could remove certain tails, then one could print two, three or more different layouts, then transfer the various layouts one at a time and thus achieve the desired result of arbitrary tails, but I think that’s harder to use than virtually anything you might build into the app.

    I’m sure you’ll think of something, looking forward to it!

    #767894
    Bert Vanhooff
    Participant

    I’ve uploaded a new version with following improvements:

    – Nicer dialogs to input numbers.
    – Ability to change the dovetail ratio (click on the ‘1 : 6 ratio’ dimension on top of the layout to change the denominator)
    – Ability to hide individual tails (hover and click the checkmark) – click the ‘on/off dimensions’ button on the left menu to get a better preview.

    Still lots of things to improve but If you guys already want to give it a try and let me know your thoughts, that would be great!

    https://tinydesigner.app/dovetails

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Bert Vanhooff.
    #767914
    Edmund
    Participant

    Looking good !

    #767972
    Mike Conner
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    Thanks for posting this and taking the time to put it together. I enjoy playing with it.

    I don’t want to start a discussion of the merits of the metric vs imperial system, but I do most my work in inches and feet. Would it be reasonable to add the option to change between the units? I’d be happy to buy you a coffee for the trouble.

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Mike Conner.
    #779679
    Antony priest
    Participant

    What a good idea, the mitre gadget would be really useful as well.

    #779717
    Eric Vogt
    Participant

    Hey, late reply i know. I really like the App you made, the vizualisation helps to find the right ratio that is looking good 🙂

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