I have been ENQ on Google at different Cutlist software: Cutlist Plus,
CabinetCruncher, etc. and would like you thoughts and recommendations
on the best fit for me.
I am doing a variety of projects from wall units, tables, desks,
vanities and cabinets. I do not do this on a professional basics. I
would describe my work as more of a passive store front. Doing
project through word of mouth.
CutList Plus ... excellent program, and immediate support from Todd on the
rare occasion it may be needed. I've had the Gold version for a number of
years and have never had reason to seek another program.
I use the hell out it, to put it mildly. My computer with the shop stuff on
it went down last week, and without the ability to use CLP to optimize the
cutting of a bunch of kitchen shelves, I again realized just how much I rely
on it to save $$.
Also a good tool for estimating, pricing and billing woodworking projects
.... including printing out an invoice, complete with tax.
Just wanted to clarify the difference between CabinetCRUNCHER and
CabinetCRUNCHER produces an itemized cutlist that calculates the exact
size of each cabinet component (face frame rails and stiles, case
panels, doors, drawer fronts, shelves, end panels, etc).
CabinetCRUNCHER calculates the cabinet components based on a wide
variety of construction methods and cabinet design requirements. It
also has a Project Management feature that allows you to calculate
total material quantities and sort cabinet components by size, material
type , etc.
Cutlist Plus is a good sheet optimization program but it is not
designed to calculate the net size of cabinet components like
Personally, not something I need at all.
I have an Excel spreadsheet that does exactly that, it took less than 30
minutes to come up with, it dimensions parts the way _I_ build cabinets, and
it didn't cost a penny.
I used Sheet Layout for quite a while www.sheetlayout.com and it worked
quite well for me. I got it because of the low price for the "small shop"
version. It does not allow you to draw and build cabinets, but you can put
in part sizes you need and it will put them on the sheet of plywood and show
you how to optimize your yield.
I've just started using ecabinetsystems software and it seems to be a great
program for drawing up cabinets, pricing and cut lists. The best part is
that the software was free. They hope that you'll use people that own their
Thermwood routers to cut parts for you. You could draw it all up, then send
the file off, have it all cut and doweled, saving a lot of work.. I think
TOH used a cabinet maker that did this for one of their kitchens. I haven't
got a job big enough to need that service, but it's nice to know that if I
got a small motel's worth of furniture to make, I would be able to get it
My 2 cents,
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