|Review by Vagabondwheeler||posted 12-05-2013 12:04 PM||2325 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
In working with a friend I located a great app to determine the cuts on a project and the amount of board or panels required. It is called Cut Calculator and costs 4.99 in the Apple APP store. I bought it for use with my iPad.
To determine the amount of lumber required you simply input the length of the cuts in feet, inches or cm. Then you add the number of this length you will need with a slide scale. Down side is you can only enter 20 at a time. If you need more then you have to enter the length twice and split up the number on the slide scale. Once every length is entered you can enter the length of the stock you are going to use. Finally you can add the kerf of your saw so that is factored in also. At this point the APP tells you how many boards you need at what length and provides a picture of the cuts. You can save this information, message it, or email it. You also have the option to print/pdf the file. This way you can print it later when you go shopping.
Sheet goods work the same way. You enter all your cuts and then size of the sheet goods. So if you are working with project panels of 2×4 you don’t have to guess because you can input size of sheet. Once again you can then print out the cut requirements.
Once files are saved you can bring them back up for use later.
Couple of down sides I see with the APP. One is you can only enter 20 of one cut at a time. Not terrible but can be a pain. I also cannot figure out how to delete or correct each individual cut or board length. This is not terrible since the APP is very easy to use, but if someone figure it out let me know. It also does not factor in angle cuts, but you have to know your far length and input that information.
I have only used this APP for one project so far, but I see a lot of good from it in the future. The picture is a from a print out for a project.
Thanks for listening.