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Forum topic by RickL posted 01-24-2008 12:49 PM 957 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2008 12:49 PM

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I have a question that in my mind seems obvious but my brain is locked up. I have a set of plans for another clock and included is a cut list of primary wood and secondary wood parts. Unlike other plans I have followed, there is no total number listed for the approx bd. ft. required. For example a 4/4×5” x 36” = 1.25 bd ft. Do I just keep adding them all up and metally try to “lay those parts out” on a board? I know it sounds simple, maybe that’s what I am struggling with, it is too simple :) Thanks, Rick

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#1 posted 01-24-2008 02:30 PM

Rick, that will work. But unless you don’t make any mistakes plan on getting extra. I generally allow myself 20 percent. Laying out the parts on a board is an excellent idea.

I struggled with keeping track of part lists and lumber amouts and bought Cutlist. It is available at It is relatively inexpensive ($30.00 for the basic version) and helped me keep track of parts and inventory. It is designed to efficiently plan cuts from available inventory. I found it especially useful for sheet goods.

Hope this helps.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-24-2008 06:47 PM

sb, thank you for the information, I will check that software out. As I think back, it seems I have always had plans that included all of that, Woodsmith, WOOD, etc, so I hadn’t given it much thought. Though I have built projects from “scratch” – for some reason I went blank on this one. Thanks again, Rick

-- Rick, Union,KY

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