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Scootles

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06-16-2013 08:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: design software

I’ve got a few projects in mind that I’d like to ‘see’ before I attempt them. Is there any software that I can use to make it happen? It’d be very helpful if it generated cut lists as well.

Thanks in advance.
Scott


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lew

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 08:05 PM

sketchup

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 08:06 PM

Can it be used to generate cut lists as well, or no? btw, fastest response ever. Thank you for the input.

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OggieOglethorpe

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 08:11 PM

Lew was so fast, because Sketchup is so common in the woodworking world! ;^)

There is a cutlist plug-in, but I don’t use it, as I select furniture parts one at a time, based on appearance, not to maximize yield.

For sheet goods, I use a program called Cutlist, but my copy has been bought and paid for years, so better options may be available.

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#4 posted 06-16-2013 08:18 PM

DO you happen to know the cut list plugins name? I’m looking through the extension warehouse and I can’t find it.

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#5 posted 06-16-2013 08:18 PM

yes sketchup has a cutlist plug-n that I use. It takes some tuning but once you get it and start repeating projects it works well. The first few projects will take you MUCH longer than the same-ole same-ole and you stilll need to measure twice. By the 3rd or 4th one I’m using it for my cut dimensions and measuring once.

You also need to be very persistent (that’s me) to learn a new tool and a new way of doing things.

For raised panel construction there is a spreadsheet calculator available somewhere in LJ that works really well.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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Scootles

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#6 posted 06-16-2013 08:25 PM

I’m actually glad to see you’re all answering ‘sketchup’ as I have a basic understanding of the software already. I was praying you wouldn’t say something else. I suppose I can figure cut lists out in my head so it isn’t a big deal. I greatly appreciate the help.

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MyWayChipCarving

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#7 posted 06-16-2013 08:27 PM

I would go with sketchup too.

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#8 posted 06-16-2013 09:41 PM

If you decide to use Sketchup (which I also recommend), you might check out the book “SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers” available at http://www.tauntonstore.com/sketchup-guide-for-woodworkers-tim-killen-ebook-077846.html and the tutorials at http://www.srww.com/blog/ . Both will save you a lot of time in learning Sketchup.

-- vsefcik

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Scootles

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#9 posted 06-16-2013 10:14 PM

Awesome. Thanks vsefcik. I’m checking it out now.

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#10 posted 06-16-2013 10:34 PM

Please note the new ``free’’ 2013 ``Make’’ version of Sketchup from Trimble is prohibited from for profit use—- have to shell out for the ``Pro’’ version and its $95 annual ``license maintenance fee’’—- get the old versiin from Google or use OpenSCAD or something else.

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Dave G

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#11 posted 06-16-2013 10:56 PM

Sorry didn’t answer your question about the cutlist plugin. It’s still with google, who started sketchup.

https://code.google.com/p/cutlist/

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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lateralus819

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#12 posted 06-16-2013 11:02 PM

Sketchup is AWESOME. Especially once you find decent “wood” images for painting. Makes your pieces look as close to real as you can get.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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WillAdams

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#13 posted 06-16-2013 11:17 PM

Dave G wrote:
>google, who started sketchup.

Sketchup was originally developed by @Last Software, then @Last was bought by Google.

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