Dovetail Pins on wrong side

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Dovetail Pins on wrong side

Postby jmoulton » Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:10 am

I am trying to make a 6 pack beer carrier with the dovetail gadget tool. I do not have a complete box, only three sides. I followed the video and have broken each line down into a separate vector. Sometimes the pins get created on the inside and sometimes a mix of inside and outside. I have to keep deleting the side that is wrong and try again until the pins get created on the correct side. How do I select which side the pins get created on? Also, it would be very nice if the "undo" edit feature worked after using the gadget.
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Dovetail pins on three sides
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Re: Dovetail Pins on wrong side

Postby RichardF » Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:07 pm

Select a vector , press 'N' on the keyboard and you see a green square showing the start point of this vector.
Now select the black square at the other end and press 'P' on the keyboard to set the start point here.

Now try the gadget again. The gadget uses the start point where to define 'left' or 'right' of the vector and where to set the pins.

Hope this helps !

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Re: Dovetail Pins on wrong side

Postby bobxp46 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:53 pm

The answer here does help. The thing to note is the video on this gadget does not mention any thing about green nodes or opposite nodes. Even the reply here is some what vague. But thank you for the help. I hope Vectric sees these post and corrects the video as it is no where near useful as it is now.
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Re: Dovetail Pins on wrong side

Postby Adrian » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:10 pm

The important thing to note in the video is the order in which the vectors are broken down and where the nodes are position as part of that. If the same sequence is followed then the nodes are always in the right position. If the same sequence isn't followed then the nodes need to be adjusted.
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