Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Hello All,

I have a new Gadget, it is the Easy Tray Maker gadget. It creates a 5 sided tray. The tray is made of 2 sides, 2 ends and a bottom panel. The sides and ends can have different thickness material. The gadget supports 3 types of bottom construction styles. It also supports the Dog Bone, Blind Dog Bone, T-Bone Joint, Blind T-Bone, Sniglet Joint and the Blind Sniglet joints. It also creates 3 BOM file types.

FYI: The gadget can also create a closed box with a lid. Create two trays of the same length and width. Make one tray taller for the bottom with a captured bottom and the other tray, shorter with a rabbeted style bottom for the lid.

This Version 1.4

Supports: 11.0 and up

Install
1. Download the gadget EasyTrayMaker.zip that is attached to this post.
2. Rename it from EasyTrayMaker.zip to EasyTrayMaker.vgadget
3. In Vectric Pro or Aspire click on Gadgets -> Install Gadget and navigate to where you downloaded the file to, select it and click Ok.

It should give you a pop up saying the gadget was installed and you should see EasyTrayMaker in the Gadgets menu.


Steps for Use:

1. Setup a new drawing with the proper material size
2. Run the EasyTrayMaker gadget
3. Enter the proper values for the Tray overall size and the materials thickness for the Tray parts
4. Open the Project menu, select where to write the Tray BOMs
5. Open the Milling menu, check the values and select the joint type
6. On the Main menu, select the tooling you use to mill the drawer parts
7. Press the OK button

If you have any issues or questions let me know.
Attachments
EasyTrayMaker_Ver1.4.pdf
User Guide
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EasyTrayMaker.zip
Rename to: EasyTrayMaker.vgadget
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End Joint
End Joint
Side Joint
Side Joint
Captured Bottom
Captured Bottom
Flush Mount Bottom
Flush Mount Bottom
Rabbeted Bottom
Rabbeted Bottom
Main Menu
Main Menu
Milling Menu Bottom Styles
Milling Menu Bottom Styles
Milling Menu Joint Styles
Milling Menu Joint Styles
Milling Preview
Milling Preview
Thanks,
Jim

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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Hello All,

I have updated the Gadget with error trapping to help the user on bit selection, address the bottom rabbet and dado length, address tool-pathing issue with blind depth calculation and updated the User Guide.

This Version 1.5

Supports: 11.0 and up

To Install
1. Download the gadget EasyTrayMaker.zip that is attached to this post.
2. Rename it from EasyTrayMaker.zip to EasyTrayMaker.vgadget
3. In Vectric Pro or Aspire click on Gadgets -> Install Gadget and navigate to where you downloaded the file to, select it and click Ok.

It should give you a pop up saying the gadget was installed and you should see EasyTrayMaker in the Gadgets menu.


Steps for Use:

1. Setup a new drawing with the proper material size
2. Run the EasyTrayMaker gadget
3. Enter the proper values for the Tray overall size and the materials thickness for the Tray parts
4. Open the Project menu, select where to write the Tray BOMs
5. Open the Milling menu, check the values and select the joint type
6. On the Main menu, select the tooling you use to mill the drawer parts
7. Press the OK button

If you have any issues or questions let me know.
Attachments
EasyTrayMaker.zip
Rename to: EasyTrayMaker.vgadget
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EasyTrayMaker_Ver1.5.pdf
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Thanks,
Jim

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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

Post by Billwk »

Hi Jim,
This could be useful to me - is there a metric version?

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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Billwk wrote:
Thu Mar 24, 2022 10:41 pm
Hi Jim,
This could be useful to me - is there a metric version?
Great Question.
I believe the current version supports Metric... If you have an issue with it using metrics, please let me know and I will jump right on it and fix it.

JimAndi
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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

Post by Billwk »

Thanks Jim.
Yes it does appear to support metric and I've done some playing around with settings.
However I'm having trouble with the finger and dado toolpaths.
Is there a setting here that is just too far out of line for it to create the toolpaths?

Bill
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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Billwk wrote:
Fri Apr 01, 2022 10:26 pm
Thanks Jim.
Yes it does appear to support metric and I've done some playing around with settings.
However I'm having trouble with the finger and dado toolpaths.
Is there a setting here that is just too far out of line for it to create the toolpaths?

Bill
Hi Bill,
I am not sure I understand the issue. I ran the gadget as per your settings and I do not see anything odd.

Here is what I see. Can you point me in the right direction? :)
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Toolpath2.png
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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Hi Jim,
Thanks for your interest.
I've found the problem, but I'm afraid it's one for you.
The gadget seems to be interpreting my metric tool dimensions (diam, pass depth, stepover) as inches rather than mm.
This occurs when it is run a second and subsequent times without re-selecting all the tools from the tool database.
Attached are the settings it left for the 6mm bit.

Thanks
Bill
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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Billwk wrote:
Sat Apr 02, 2022 9:22 pm
Hi Jim,
Thanks for your interest.
I've found the problem, but I'm afraid it's one for you.
The gadget seems to be interpreting my metric tool dimensions (diam, pass depth, stepover) as inches rather than mm.
This occurs when it is run a second and subsequent times without re-selecting all the tools from the tool database.
Attached are the settings it left for the 6mm bit.

Thanks
Bill
Bill,

Check your Tool Units. I see your mm tool is set for "inches"

Jim
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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Hi Jim,
That's where the problem lies.
The 6mm bit was never set to inches by me.
If I select the tools (6mm & 3mm) in setup it works (first time)
If I then run the gadget again without reselecting all the tools, the 6mm reverts to inches and of course I can't check the 3mm tool because it won't create the toolpaths.
Hope this clarifies.
Regards
Bill

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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Billwk wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 7:01 am
Hi Jim,
That's where the problem lies.
The 6mm bit was never set to inches by me.
If I select the tools (6mm & 3mm) in setup it works (first time)
If I then run the gadget again without reselecting all the tools, the 6mm reverts to inches and of course I can't check the 3mm tool because it won't create the toolpaths.
Hope this clarifies.
Regards
Bill
Thanks Bill, Let me get to work on that.
Thanks,
Jim

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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Hello All,

I have updated the Gadget for metric tooling selection, address starting location issue with metric.

This Version 1.6

Supports: 11.0 and up

To Install
1. Download the gadget EasyTrayMaker.zip that is attached to this post.
2. Rename it from EasyTrayMaker.zip to EasyTrayMaker.vgadget
3. In Vectric Pro or Aspire click on Gadgets -> Install Gadget and navigate to where you downloaded the file to, select it and click Ok.

It should give you a pop up saying the gadget was installed and you should see EasyTrayMaker in the Gadgets menu.


Steps for Use:

1. Setup a new drawing with the proper material size
2. Run the EasyTrayMaker gadget
3. Enter the proper values for the Tray overall size and the materials thickness for the Tray parts
4. Open the Project menu, select where to write the Tray BOMs
5. Open the Milling menu, check the values and select the joint type
6. On the Main menu, select the tooling you use to mill the drawer parts
7. Press the OK button

If you have any issues or questions let me know.
Attachments
EasyTrayMaker.zip
Rename to: EasyTrayMaker.vgadget
(1.5 MiB) Downloaded 45 times
Thanks,
Jim

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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Appreciate your patience Jim, but the problem persists.
Bill

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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

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Hello All,

I have fixed the tooling selection issue, fixed the bottom panel text size issue with metric units.

This Version 1.7

Supports: 11.0 and up

To Install:
1. Download the gadget EasyTrayMaker.zip that is attached to this post.
2. Rename it from EasyTrayMaker.zip to EasyTrayMaker.vgadget
3. In Vectric Pro or Aspire click on Gadgets -> Install Gadget and navigate to where you downloaded the file to, select it and click Ok.

It should give you a pop up saying the gadget was installed and you should see EasyTrayMaker in the Gadgets menu.


Steps for Use:

1. Setup a new drawing with the proper material size
2. Run the EasyTrayMaker gadget
3. Enter the proper values for the Tray overall size and the materials thickness for the Tray parts
4. Open the Project menu, select where to write the Tray BOMs
5. Open the Milling menu, check the values and select the joint type
6. On the Main menu, select the tooling you use to mill the drawer parts
7. Press the OK button

If you have any issues or questions let me know.
Attachments
EasyTrayMaker.zip
Rename to: EasyTrayMaker.vgadget
(1.5 MiB) Downloaded 71 times
Thanks,
Jim

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Re: Easy Tray Maker Gadget

Post by philadkins@gmail.com »

Hi,
I'm having issues with this gadget when trying to create the blind finger joints. The gadget draws the vectors for the "blind panel" on both the side and end pieces but does not create a tool path for any of them. I have made pocket tool paths for both the ends or sides, neither seems to work correctly. In both attempt options the joint does not close properly with "gappy" fingers on the inside of the corner. Is there something I'm missing?

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