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What is the pros and cons to using sketch up? In the end will it give you cuts or total boards/lumber to get for a project after plotted? Just curious about the program but don't want to download and tinker.

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What is the pros and cons to using sketch up? In the end will it give you cuts or total boards/lumber to get for a project after plotted? Just curious about the program but don't want to download and tinker.

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I'm not sure about that. Even if it did, the actual BF would depend on width of boards, your planning and amount of waste per board. Depending on the widths and character in the wood you could have varying amounts of waste.

I never trust a program. I calculate everything myself.
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I'm not sure about that. Even if it did, the actual BF would depend on width of boards, your planning and amount of waste per board. Depending on the widths and character in the wood you could have varying amounts of waste.

I never trust a program. I calculate everything myself.
+1. My project layout methods were developed way before the internet. They are honed to a very fast system, that I just got used to and works very well. I like the paper trail, it's a reference I can keep right next to the saw.





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So the consensus is stick to my graph paper composition book? :)

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The Sketchup program will not give you cut lists. I think however, there are some plugins that you can install (made by 3rd party developers) that will help generate cut lists.

I use Sketchup primarily as a visualization tool. I can't draw freehand worth a crap and it helps me visualize my ideas and work out proportions, angles, etc...

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So the consensus is stick to my graph paper composition book? :)

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Different people do things different ways. If you are happy with what you generate in your composition book why spend the time learning a program?

It does have a steep initial learning curve but I really like it. Others hate it.

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Cutlist

Look at this and see if it will help you.
http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/cutlist

Sketchup has a learning curve. What doesn't if you plan to be really adept. I think some people don't like Sketchup, but they don't know why.

There is a ton of tutorials to help you learn it.
Here is a link to an excellent series. This kid does an good job of teaching it.
http://www.harwoodpodcast.com/sketchup

It starts with episode 61. You will need to scroll back to episode 1.

Hope this helps.
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