Handcut Dovetails….in SketchUp
In a previous blog entry I demonstrated a very handy plugin for drawing dovetails. It works very well and is exceedingly fast. After seeing that demonstration, several readers asked me about how to draw dovetails by hand. Even with plugins to automate operations in SketchUp, I think it is a good idea to know how to do them the long way. With that in mind, I did a quick little demo of hand cutting dovetails. The cabinet is Chris Gochnour’s 12-Drawer Shaker Wall Cabinet. Originally, I drew it with the locked rabbets he showed. He also did a version of the drawers with dovetails. His dovetails have a slope of 1:6 and he made his half pins 1/4″ wide so I did the same. Mr. Gochnour also spaced the pins evenly so they are evenly spaced in this example. I did simplify the layout by making all of the pins the same width. You could of course make the pins of varying width and you could vary their spacing as well.