Is there a program out there that will figure out what raw material you need based on your measurements that you input? I am considering a project that has a high piece count, around 205 or so. Needless to say the potential for considerable scrap, wasted money, is there. I need something that I can tell " I need 2, 3/4x4x22, 4, 3/4x1 1/4x12 and so on and it tells me the appropriate amount of boards to get.
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What kind of work do you do?
The cabinet industry has a ton of software for that. I use Cabinet Vision. But you have to do alot of homework before you jump. And with any design software there is a learning curve to deal with.
It's not for everybody but I can not operate without it.
Dont know if this is going to help you but, I use Microsoft Works 7.0 and useing their blank spread sheet I wrote spread sheets that calulate all my materals to build fences, decks, and small buildings. I have blank spaces that I type in width, lenth, and hight, and it prints out a materal list for me. Now I didnt just build these spread sheets in minutes. Each one took me 3 or 4 hours each. But I only had to it once. I have been using them over and over for years now.
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Since my computer crashed, I can't find the cool free one I had that let me specify all of the dimensions of the boards i had and it would fit all of my cut pieces on them in the best way. It came form here, I think: http://www.woodweb.com/Resources/RSS...onnection.html
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