I have certainly been bit by the cutting board bug, and I thought about some more complex cutting board plans I could make, and I wondered if there was a design software for this. I found http://lumberjocks.com/projects/11372 by CBdesigner, but I didn’t feel it met the level of complexity I wanted, such as building cutting boards from multiple panels instead of just one.
As a programmer by trade I decided I’d dabble a little bit here and there and see what I could come up with, I had a rough working prototype and showed it to my business partner and he said I should finish it up and make it look good so we can try and sell it.
I agreed, and spend some more time cleaning up the interface making it way more user friendly and am getting pretty close to completion. We’re not sure on a price point yet, it will definitely be below $20 .. probably below $10 we still have to sort that out but I wanted to post a screen shot and see if people would be interested in beta testing it, I have a few test licenses generated and I should be able to upload a beta build this weekend if anyone is interested.
Here’s a screen shot of the application at it’s current stage, I was testing out a cutting board that uses 9 separate panels. The idea is you build your panels, then you take slices from different panels and you can flip them over and assemble your cutting board.
The measurements are in inches, and it’s done in 16ths of an inch I didn’t think anything lower than that was needed.
In the final product the idea is you’ll be able to design your cutting board, then press the Build button, and it will generate a materials list and step by step build instructions that you can print out.
You will also be able to open and save your cutting board projects to reuse and share if you’d like.
-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html