Jig Design Enabled with SketchUp

comments (2) October 14th, 2012 in blogs

Killenwood Tim Killen, contributor
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Judging by the high number of articles and blogs on jig design, there must be considerable woodworker time and effort in making shop helpers or jigs. Just as SketchUp is used for design and construction of furniture, it is also very effective in creating these helpful shop auxiliary tools.

For years, I've needed a proper adjustable hold down mechanism for glued-up box or drawer assemblies. The dovetail joints on these assemblies are difficult to fix on the workbench while cleaning up with the hand plane. I recently decided to make a contraption to help with this problem.

Fortunately, my bench is modeled in SketchUp, and that helps with the detail design of the adjustable hold-down mechanism. As shown in the video below, I start the design by bringing into view the workbench and a typical dovetailed box to be planed.


In my device, the adjustment is accomplished by perforated rails (multiple spaced holes) and wooden pegs. The equal spaced holes can be placed in SketchUp by using a "Repeated Element" feature. After copying one hole to a new location, I type 14x and immediately there are 14 holes placed at 1 1/4-in. spacing. This can save some time.




 Tim http://killenwood.com

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Comments (2)

Harrisdog43 Harrisdog43 writes: Good luck on your recovery Mark.

Good looking jig Tim.
Posted: 12:12 am on October 27th

kohalabeeman kohalabeeman writes: Aloha Tim , If wish to thank you for the " Jig Design" in Sketch Up . I hope to use it well as I have many of my past work to try enter into Sketch Up from the photos of which have no plans to work from . I hope to get profisant as I recover from a wicked accident of 2011 that had in a coma .My boss kindly has put my job at Haleiwa Surf Board Company 'on-hold'(awaiting my return to the work force after rehab)Its 'day to day',my rehab,after the other things that have presented themselves since getting back from the hospital.Its a strange thing to awake and find Everything has changed in your world ,but what ever has changed ,somethings get better.Finewoodworking and Sketch Up .Mahalo and Aloha Mark

Posted: 9:50 pm on October 14th

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