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Forum topic by Dekker posted 10-19-2007 08:32 PM 933 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dekker

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10-19-2007 08:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutlist software suggestions

This is an open call to all tech-savvy woodworkers:
  • What kind, if any, cutlist software do you or have you used?
  • Did you like it? Would you recommend it?

The reason I ask is that a long time ago (in a woodshop far, far away) I used Bridgewood’s Cutlist Plus. It worked great for what I wanted. You could enter your wood inventory (with costs), enter your parts list, it would optimize your cutlist and give you final project costs, etc. For a small box project, it wouldn’t offer much, but for larger furniture projects, it can save money by optimizing your part layouts to minimize waste.

But since I no longer have access to Cutlist Plus, I was wondering if there was a similar product out there? The searches only show a few products, and the demos I have tried are, well, anemic.

Anyone?

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/


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Bob #2

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#1 posted 10-19-2007 08:40 PM

Cutlist still exists ”:http://www.cutlistplus.ca/and is still very reasonalbe considering the savings it produces.
As far as shareware is concerned I doubt that there are manyofferings becasue the market is so small.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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edp

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#2 posted 10-20-2007 08:50 AM

I have been using “Cabinet Planner” for several weeks now and I am happy with the results. It took me about a week of tweeking to get the design parameters to accomodate my MO but it is producing great results now. The demo download, which is the full blown software, is available for free and allows (I think) you to open and close the program 10 times (?). It comes with free lifetime upgrades and the 3D visual was just released. For about $100.00 I consider it a great value. They (Rob) have promised a few tweeks to the output by January as a result of requests I made last week and e-mails are answered within minutes seemingly regardless of time so I would say that they (Rob again) are very responsive. The only negative comment I would make is that the software is provided assuming that you are an experienced cabinet maker with adequate formal training in commercial cabinet making techniques. I have had multiple exposures but no training so, I normally built each cabinet independantly with no real standard format adopted. As such, I had some difficulty understanding the assembly procedures the software was assuming but was quickly schooled with Rob’s responses to my multitude of e-mails. I now have a standard that conforms to my unique preferences. Just last night I broke down 9 sheets of ¾” oak veneer plywood for the next kitchen job and with the help of the CP sheet optimizer, it only took 2 hours. Now the components are all cut and labeled (thanks again to the CP) and ready for the dado and assembly operation that will start tomorrow morning. By the end of the day, the boxes will be assembled, sanded and waiting for a coat of clear lacquer on Sunday (less face frames of course).
I guess that is the long way of saying that “Cabinet Planner” works OK.

Ed

-- Come on in, the beer is cold and the wood is dry. www.crookedlittletree.com

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Chris

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#3 posted 10-22-2007 04:32 AM

Dekker,

I just purchased the licensed version of CutList Plus. The only down-side so far has been not enough control in the layout options. It worked out pretty well for the desk I am building for my son and some workshop storage units I just finished. Oh… getting the raw materials setup properly can be a bit annoying as well.

Just my two cents…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Dekker

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#4 posted 10-22-2007 12:08 PM

Yeah, I had really liked Cutlist Plus. I guess for $30 you can’t get much cheaper than that. I was just wondering if there was something in the same price range that offered the same ease of use, or even better features. So far, I haven’t found anything actually “better”. I’m going to take a lok at CabinetPlanner though, just to compare. I’ll have to post my opinion once I get around to setting it up!

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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