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12-26-2011 07:02 AM

Hello new member here who has been lurking for a while. So I am looking for pointers on a couple of things. First I am getting back-into woodworking after having spent the last several years building my video business to the point of stability. I am now starting to spend a lot more time out in the shop and have started to run out of things I can do for the house. Consequently I have started thinking about selling some of the small stuff and am wondering if it is even worth the etsy/ebay listings to sell stuff these days. I am trying to avoid starting another business so much as having something to keep me busy when my primary business gets slow as things tend to do for 3 months every summer here in Dallas.

Second is can anybody recommend a good cabinet design software suite, this would be for my kitchen and possibaly future projects. I am old enough that I did learn to do this by hand in the late 90s but I would preferr the ease of being able to compare styles and use computer generated board footage calculations for pricing. If those options are available.

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 07:15 AM

Run out of things to do for the house? I’ve just installed bamboo ceilings in our two bathrooms and love them and with an old house that was quite a challenge! Just kidding. I’ve put your post on my watchlist because I’m curious too about affordable software to do what you want to be done.

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 07:16 AM

Welcome to Ljs
Good luck with your sales.

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 07:59 AM

How about google sketchup? It’s free, capable, easy-they say; I can draw a rectangle! I’ve seen some pretty amazing things ccome from people who have mastered it.


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#4 posted 12-26-2011 10:05 AM

Sketch-up would do it but I am looking for something closer to a cad program which would theoretically have options to help me calculate materials usage and possibly even cost. Mostly want something I can easily draw up a few options for to compare for the wife as she has full veto on anything involving the kitchen or bath. Note I could also do this in after effects but as I am not looking to do the work involved with a full 3D walkthrough it would be way overkill. I have seen several little software suites and even a few I-pad apps for stuff like basic landscape design, home decorating and I had thought even kitchen design. The kind of stuff you use to get a basic virtual image without having to draw every last line. That will come later but as I have a fairly large kitchen With something like 30 cabinets right now I am looking at playing with the quantity and layout if I do go and replace them.

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 03:06 AM

I purchased cabinet planner about 4 months ago and didnt use it until yesterday after my computer crashed and I re installed it . Its really easy to use and affordable $80 bucks ish developed by a cabinet maker in wisconsin, works well , cut lists ,custom design , you can change specifics for construction and it has 3d Im not with the company in any way just a happy user

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#6 posted 12-27-2011 05:20 PM

I also bought cabinet planner. Its basic and worked fine for me in the past. The best free program that I have seen is ecabinets.

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