If you’re a fan of Sketchup for creating woodworking models, then the next obvious step is to use Sketchup to help you create cutlists and layouts. Sketchup plugin Cutlist 4.1 does just that. CutList 4.1 sketchup plugin helps you determine how much of each material you need to produce your design, taking into account nominal sized lumber with allowances for finishing to final size. Then it goes one further and lays out all of the pieces on boards or sheet good sizes of your choosing. Th...
After a month of development based on the feedback I got here, I finally managed to release Carpenter Pro, this time, it calculates how many plywood sheets are needed to finish your project and get detailed cutlist diagram for each stock sheet needed. It allows you to specify the dimensions & grain direction for your stock sheets material, specify the dimensions and the required grain direction for each part you need to cut for your project, and set the kerf amount, then watch this app ge...
I’ve started work on the next version of the cutlist plugin for Sketchup. This blog is intended to give anyone interested advance information on what’s coming up, pre-release copies, discussion of any issues which come up, questions and so on. This will lead to a new ‘stable’ version 4.1 which will be the next current version. The first pre-release is now available from here cutlist4.1pre Please not that this link will not be permanent and may be removed witho...
After my previous post here, I got numerous feedback and great ideas from professionals on this site on how to optimize the cutlist diagram to make it useful for professional wood workers. This lead me to develop “Carpenter Cut” app for iPad/iPhone devices. It goes like this: Start with a sheet of plywood (e.g. 48×96), tell it the dimensions and quantity of each part you want to cut from it. Specify the kerf (size for your saw blade (0.125 is the default)), and indicate gr...
Often requested and finally here! I’ve finally changed the Sketchup cutlist4.1 plugin to show the partslist by sub-assembly based on the nested components in your model. I’ve uploaded cutlist188.8.131.52pre You’re really going to want to delete the old version completely before installing this version because the structure of the plugin has changed completely. The ruby script is now called ‘cutlist.rb’ and it’s really just a stub with all of the main code...
I had a chance to add a few minor enhancements.The link is still the same for the ‘pre’ version as before, now up to v184.108.40.206Anyone downloading the ‘pre’ version will automatically get this change The list of changes: Additional characters which may end up in titles or material names which would otherwise give problems are now properly converted to display in html. These characters are the space(), single quote (‘), less than (<), greater than (>) and das...
The cutlist4.1.0pre link has been updated and anyone downloading now will now get v220.127.116.11 What’s new? Tilde (twiddle) ie ’~’ character has been restored to the cutlist window display. SU most commonly displays ’~’ on some measurements if it cannot display it accurately in the units you have selected. This might alert you that your part was not drawn correctly Tilde ( ’~’) now has been removed from the csv output ( cutlist csv and CutListPl...
One thing I’m awful at is taking a cutlist to the lumberyard and figuring out which boards to buy, I either end up with too little or too much. Yesterday I’d picked up the boards for the base, figuring I’d build that first then swing by and get the stock for the top. I’d heard some good things about Cutlist Plus so figured I’d use it to see how best to cut the pieces for the base from the stock I’d bought. Turns out if I use the pieces I bought for the b...
Made another trip to PALS for the rest of the lumber, and seeing as my lumber rack isn’t wide enough most of it is on the floor or just propped up at the moment. Here’s all the 8/4 stock waiting to be butchered. I ran all my stock through Cutlist Plus and here’s what it came up with, not too much waste which is nice (and I’ll use whatever is left over eventually anyway) You can click the Cutlist Pic for a bigger view. Some parts are doubled up because I n...
To save costs and time is always welcome in any project, no matter how large is a woodworking plan. One of the tools that make the job easier, cleaner and cheaper is a nesting software.Some of the greatest advantages of a nesting software is to easily create optimal cutting plans, maximizing the material usage, avoiding calculation errors and anticipating with precision how many sheets or panels are necessary for the project, before actually buying them. The ability to try different layouts u...
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