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Forum topic by Andrewst posted 07-25-2016 02:15 AM 970 views 2 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2016 02:15 AM

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I am looking for a program that I can enter a cut list and it tells me how much lumber I have to buy and where to make the cuts on the stock. Do you guys know any good ones?



-- Andrew, Home Hobbyist, Canada

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#1 posted 07-25-2016 02:29 AM

Too many variables. I rough out the pieces and then shop to see what my supplier has on hand. A 8’ 1×6 is the same bf as a 4’ 1×12 but yeilds a lot different. You need to learn to compute in bf on the fly (in your head) its not hard. Then as you walk the lumber yard you can compute the bf & $ as you go.

I plan for a given size but keep it loose. Get a nice notebook and mech pencil & brush up on your fractions.

Cut list thing like that are more useful for sheet goods as there is no grain or preferred orientation.


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#2 posted 07-25-2016 11:17 AM

There are a few free ones for android and iOS. I know there is a sheet goods one and a separate board foot calc. Look for woodworking on google play and apple store. I have used them both and they require you to input a lot of detail. Take a look and see if they work for you.

-- Gary, Central Illinois

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#3 posted 07-25-2016 11:48 AM

I use the free version of cutlist:

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#4 posted 07-25-2016 12:07 PM

Is use Maxcut. They have both a pay and free version. The pay version has more invoicing and business type stuff in it, but the free one does everything I need. You input your material sizes and then enter the dimensions of each piece choosing the material to cut it out of. It will then draw it out and also provide a dimensioned cut list. Works for me.

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#5 posted 07-25-2016 02:53 PM

I like Cutlist. I have the Cutlist Plus version.

The entry level program is $40 I believe. Well worth it.

Great for plywood cutting diagrams, too.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#6 posted 07-25-2016 03:24 PM

Cutlists are great for sheet goods, trim, and construction lumber, but until someone invents on that takes figure and grain patterns into account, I find them useless for good quality furniture work.

For sheet goods, I’ve been a Cutlist+ user for over a decade and can still recommend it.

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#7 posted 07-25-2016 08:44 PM

For me, the challenging part is laying out the hardwood and fitting parts. With grain, defects, coloring etc, it make it interesting. You can not get 100 per cent yield or anything like that.

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