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Forum topic by toddbeaulieu posted 12-23-2013 12:16 PM 1199 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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toddbeaulieu

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12-23-2013 12:16 PM

I always struggle with planning sheet good cuts. It seems that I screw up somehow every time – bad math, not respecting the kerf width enough, wrong grain direction, etc. And that’s not addressing the most obvious problem – the amount of time it takes me to lay it out on scrap paper.

I tried some online calculators with no luck. One of them was just downright wrong.

I found CutList Plus through a search and gave the free express a shot.

Wow! I was able to layout my cabinet in less than 5 minutes. There are options like “prefer rip cut versus cross cut” and “swap lengths and widths” that were easy to try and see how the affected the layout.

There appears to be MUCH more functionality in this application – some of which I may try, such as inventory management.

I don’t know if I’ll need to upgrade to the lowest paid level, which is $40 or if the express will keep working fine for me, but $40 is quite affordable if I do need/decide to upgrade.

I recommend trying this if you’ve never used a cut list program before. I didn’t post this as a review because it’s not a thorough review, but rather a heads up.


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Brickman

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 10:23 PM

I figured the cost of a cheap sheet of plywood is $40 and if I saved even just one sheet due to the program it has payed for itself.

-- Mark - Pueblo, Colorado

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toddbeaulieu

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 11:48 AM

Mark, you’re absolutely right. In fact, the last plywood project that I screwed up on the layout was (well, ok not the LAST, but the most memorable) was with apple ply @ $120 a sheet. Yup, I carefully laid things out, then double checked and cut … and noticed I had made a mistake.

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dahenley

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 01:44 PM

Can you explain a little more how it works…
Do you type all the sizes in a chart and it arranges it on a plywood figure for you to see. Or do you type each in and drag it to the plywood and put it close to the previous piece?
Thanks!

-- David Henley

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 01:49 PM

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Skippy906

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#5 posted 12-25-2013 05:01 AM

I used the program and love it. I tried the free version and got hooked on how easy it was to use. I considered buying it right then and there, but the $80 price tag was a bit too steep at the time. So after the trial version I didn’t use it for about a month, had another cabinet job and wanted to check prices and features on what version I wanted. After opening it I received and email for half off the version I was looking at. Needless to say, I now own the program and have used it for more than just sheet goods.

-- Making progress

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