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amateur

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11-16-2014 01:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: design software images cutlist

I am looking for a user friendly furniture design software program. I don’t mind paying of course, but my pockets aren’t deep. I am not looking for a toy that adds hours of entertainment to my life, I need a tool that helps me get a piece designed, material list generated, and images to show perspective customers.
What is working for you?


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Al Amantea

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#1 posted 11-16-2014 01:37 PM

I use sketchup 2014 for most projects. Very flexible, powerful, short learning curve with tons of instructional videos on youtube for woodworkers.

I use a program called Cabinet Planner” for designing kitchen and bathroom cabinets for ease of use and simplicity. Sketchup would do it with no problem, but CP has a done of builtin features for doing production work like cabinets.
Al

-- Measure Twice, then cut it again...

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#2 posted 11-16-2014 01:38 PM

Have you tried SketchUp? It’s free, and relatively speaking, it’s easy to learn. There are tons of tutorials out there in blogs and on YouTube. You can also get an add-on (also free) that can create cut lists, though I haven’t used that function. I use another program for cut lists.

Joe

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 11-16-2014 01:39 PM

Al beat me to it!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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amateur

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#4 posted 11-16-2014 09:22 PM

Thank you. I did see Sketchup and thought it interesting, but didn’t know it was free. The price is right to at least give it a try.

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#5 posted 11-16-2014 09:39 PM

If you are really serious about designing furniture and/or cabinets then invest your time in learning eCabinets. It is free also. I have been using it sense 2011and find it very flexible. Check it out you have nothing to lose except your time.

-- Scott Marshburn,https://www.youtube.com/user/ecabinetstips, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/ecabinetstipsandtricks, Twitter, https://twitter.com/eCabinetstips

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