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01-05-2012 07:40 AM

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For those who cut parts frequently from large cutlists, I was wondering how do you identify your parts after cutting them? Do you use lable stickers? What size? Or do you just mark each part with a pencil?

The question might sound a little strange, but I guess it would help to know why I’m asking it. Basically I received this feature request for a Cutlist Software that I’m working on to add the ability to print label stickers for parts so that they can just be stuck to the parts as they are cut from the sheet, so I’m trying to sense how popular such feature would be. This is especially useful when cutting many parts for one job.

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 07:45 AM

I think that would be a good feature.


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#2 posted 01-05-2012 07:50 AM

i just mark with a pencil. but if you’re a smart cutter ;) you might like the labels, but what about when you’re sanding parts, is it easy peel off label and reattach?

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 07:51 AM

soft leaded carpenter’s pencil

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 07:59 AM

But if you are sanding parts, wouldn’t the pencil marking fade away with the sanding as well? With the label sticker idea, you can just peel it off with the sander, then print another copy of the labels to stick on the sanded parts afterwards. Are there any better ideas?

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 08:14 AM

I mark the ends with a crayon, or chalk if the wood is dark.

You can’t get fancy with a crayon so I use numbers and letters
like A1, A2, B1, B2 and so forth. My cutlist tells me what the
numbers mean.

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 08:22 AM

So If the cutlist software allows you to print X quantity of label stickers for each part according to the cutlist layout, with the part label & dimensions printed on the label, would this be better than the pencil/crayon/chalk manual marking approach?

Another idea is to print the color of each part label differently, so if you have a color printer, that would make it even easier to identify each part from a distance by looking at the label color.

For the lable size, 2x1 should be good enough to stick at the part’s corner.

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 08:56 AM

Where the parts are getting sanded only on one side, then the sticker could be fixed on the other side.

But I adopt a different way of using stickers,

i put stickers in the edges of pieces being joined together, with matching numbers written on them with permanent markers.

This way, I also find it easier to decide, which side to be sanded and which side gets lamination, without sanding.


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#8 posted 01-05-2012 09:07 AM

I use a lot of chalk in the shop. Sands off easy, and cheap.

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 10:50 AM

Part id stickers are are used bigger shops. They also use barcodes
in some cases. I would use stickers if the cutlist software interfaced
with Sketchup. If I had to enter my data for the cutlist manually,
I probably wouldn’t use the stickers much.

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 11:00 AM

Well, define large cutlists.

Usually if I need to keep track of parts, I will write what it is on the edge grain, if it’s plywood it won’t be visible, if it’s wood, then I can sand it away when I sand the edges easily enough. But honestly in most cases, just working by myself, I know what the part is, no one is going to move it, mix pieces together, or anything else. If I have questions, I just measure and look at my cutlists.

The danger with a sticker is that they are adhesive, if you leave them there too long, then you’re going to end up having to clean the sticker off because it will attach itself. If you do use a tape, get a low tack tape, it will take longer to stick itself permanently, and it won’t pull the veneers on thin veneered plywoods like even blue or green tape will. (Low tack is typically white, and will cost a little more than the normal painters tapes, and will be marked in some method as low tack.)

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 01:39 PM

Blue painters tape, then write on that. It leaves no residue and removes and reapplies easily. I write on it with a black marker.


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#12 posted 01-05-2012 01:47 PM

blue tape with pen and lots of chaulk; all easy clean up and no finishing issues.

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#13 posted 01-05-2012 03:55 PM

So if there were printing paper that is made of blue painters tape, then the cutlist app would simply print all parts labels & dimensions onto this paper, that would be the ideal solution.

Otherwise, regular label sticker printing paper would have to do, as long as you don’t plan on leaving the stickers on the parts for too long.

I’m convinced… I think I’ll go ahead and implement this feature for the next release of Carpenter Pro.

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#14 posted 01-05-2012 03:59 PM

I identify parts I cut like this:





Sorry, I just couldn’t help it. The topic struck me as odd, especially after a night of little sleep.

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#15 posted 01-05-2012 04:12 PM

Chalk cheap and sand off easily

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