Tagged: Tool Chest sketchup dovetails
18 July 2013 at 7:17 pm #15021
Here is my sketchUp model for Video #1 of the tool box series:
Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA18 July 2013 at 7:24 pm #15027cpetersen1970Participant
Very cool, Robin.
I like sketch-up but haven’t played with it a ton yet.18 July 2013 at 7:26 pm #15028ScottParticipant
Very nice Robin. Thanks!
Sketchup should have some sort of dovetailing script that will generate a user defined number of dovetails at a specified width/spacing. Save everyone a boatload of time. 😉
Anyone happen to know what the fifth short rail is for? Extra?
-Scott Los Angeles18 July 2013 at 8:05 pm #15029
some sort of dovetailing script
A script would be nice. Still … I kind-of like laying them out by hand. I lay them out in sketchup the same way that they are laid out in “real life” so the practice helps me understand how they all come together.
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Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA18 July 2013 at 8:37 pm #15030Serhiy D’yachyshynParticipant
Thanks a lot Robin)This Sketchup model will really help. Thanks again.
Toronto, Canada18 July 2013 at 9:28 pm #15033
Your tails are on the sides, opposite of the project layout.
Probably doesn’t make much difference unless you’re putting on handles for carrying.
Oops!, Need to get these danged glasses fixed.
The project intro dovetails are opposite those on the build.
Sorry, My bad etc.,etc.
SW Pennsylvania18 July 2013 at 10:40 pm #15039David PerrottParticipant
In the video, he does the tails on the sides and pins on the back? Thats one of the sides he works on? Little confused now.19 July 2013 at 12:19 am #15041
In the Project Info., the example chest Paul is showing, the tails are on the front and back.
On Episode 1, the tails are being placed on the sides.
SW Pennsylvania19 July 2013 at 12:55 am #15043David PerrottParticipant
Thanks.I had the tails opposite of episode 1. I changed it to the tails on the side, so I can match the episodes. I didn’t think the layout was real clear. Oh well. One of the many reasons I’m using pine…..19 July 2013 at 10:14 am #15046
I’m putting the tails on the front and back panels, and the pins on the sides.
It will not be moved or pulled about, and I think the tails look much nicer on the front. 😉19 July 2013 at 12:29 pm #15050
Hey Joseph, is there a technical reason to put the dovetail pins on one edge or another? Or is just about what looks better?
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Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA19 July 2013 at 12:44 pm #15053
Dovetails are really only strong in one direction, that’s why the tails are on the drawer sides, so they cant pull apart19 July 2013 at 1:05 pm #15055
Dovetails are really only strong in one direction, that’s why the tails are on the drawer sides, so they cant pull apart
Would they really pull apart in the weaker direction once the dovetails are glued up? I am not sure.
Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA19 July 2013 at 1:16 pm #15056
The way I see it if you are going to pull the chest width ways, as in pulling the front towards you, then the tails will be better on the sides. If you will be pulling it, as in using one handle and pulling the side towards you the tails will be better on the front and back panels.
That would be using the mechanical strength of the dovetail to its best advantage and not relaying on the glue strength.
Just my opinion buddy. 😉19 July 2013 at 3:23 pm #15057
I think Ken stated the idea well.
From a practical view point, I’m not sure that given reasonably well fitted joints and modern glues, that it would make much difference either way.
May really boil down to aesthetics and your personal preference.
A quick Google of woodworking tool box images shows both ways being used in similar boxes.
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