woodworking software

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by mickeyc56 posted 12-27-2017 04:24 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View mickeyc56's profile


2 posts in 1343 days

12-27-2017 04:24 PM

I am looking for software that I can put in the cut dimensions of a project and it will layout the best cut pattern for a 4×8 plywood.

4 replies so far

View Rich's profile (online now)


5609 posts in 1361 days

#1 posted 12-27-2017 05:11 PM

There’s an IOS app called Cut Calculator that can handle sheet goods as well as linear layout. Won’t help you unless you have an iPad though.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

View MT_Stringer's profile


3183 posts in 4003 days

#2 posted 12-27-2017 05:25 PM

I use cutlist plus fx.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

View LesB's profile


2553 posts in 4215 days

#3 posted 12-27-2017 06:35 PM

The price you are willing to pay and the operating system you will use can make a difference in what is available.

A basic drawing program (free version of Sketchup is one) might be all you need. Draw you scaled 4×8 image, then draw the various pieces you need to the same scale and over lay them on the 4×8 image to see how they fit. Move them around and adjust to grain pattern and direction as needed.

I uses a Mac program from Microspot (from England) called MacDraft pro. Probably the best CAD program for Mac computer outside the really expensive commercial programs. BUT it is several hundred dollars. There is a Personal version that starts at about $100 with fewer features but would work for your current need.
I was gradually sucked in to this professional level program over the last 20 years, starting with Mac Draw back in the ‘90s and always wanting more kept buying up.

-- Les B, Oregon

View mickeyc56's profile


2 posts in 1343 days

#4 posted 12-27-2017 10:51 PM

Thanks for the help Cut List is just what I was looking for. Thanks again!!!!!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics