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Forum topic by SonnyGarcia posted 02-27-2011 01:43 AM 1320 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2011 01:43 AM

So in this slow economy I took on a side project outside of my 5 day a week cabinet job. So I have a nice bathroom base and wall cabinet to build in my garage. It includes doors and drawers. I want to make up a quick design and get a cut list. I am searching for a cheap good program to give me cut lists and simple drawings. Any one have a suggestion?


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#1 posted 02-27-2011 02:03 AM

I have not tried it yet but its free and supposed to be easier that sketch up and provide a cut list

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 02:04 AM

I tried sketchUp (free for basic edition) but I didn’t use it long before I decided I didn’t like it. The way parts are constructed and grouped into assemblies seems counter-intuitive to me. so I went on a hunt for something better and downloaded Alibre ($100 for personal edition). i’ve only just scratched the surface, but it seems like a much better program. I should also mention that I use Solidworks ($5000) at work, so I am biased to software that uses that same basic type of interface. Anyway, Alibre is free to try, so I would recommend giving it a look.

i also have a friend that uses Design Intuition or something. I’ve never used it but he likes it. i think its cost is similar to Alibre, but he said it doesn’t do curves, and that seems to be a pretty serious limitation.

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 02:14 AM I’ve been using it for a long time for our small shop and it organizes and plans the job perfect.

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 02:50 AM

I’ve used Ecabinets. It’s a good program, but for one job I have my
doubts as to whether you’ll save any time by using it. There is very
real learning curve with it. On the other hand, if you plan to commit
to computer-aided cabinet design, it’s an excellent no-cost platform
to learn.

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