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I'm using Sketchup to make some basic cabinet plans and using my components to create cut plans. When you guys and gals do this are you adding space between pieces for saw blade thickness? If so, what's a typical saw blade thickness, or cut line that you want to compensate for in your plans?
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I don't use sketchup. When you are figuring material you can't figure it that close. With wood there will be defects to cut around so it can't be done strictly by math. You can add up the square feet of the finished parts and if you are using really good wood add about 20% for waste. When material is close I just cut the parts in the order of the largest to the smallest.
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I usually draw the plans first using individual components, then copy/place onto the sheet size I am going to buy, leaving 1/4" to 1/2" gaps. I try to foresee how I am going to cut into more manageable sizes from that. I will do the same for lumber...but that only works to an extent, being lumber has more noticeable flaws to work around.

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I gave up making cut plans a long time ago. After awhile, I follow Steve's thinking and mentally lay out the largest pieces on the boards as I'm picking them out at the hardwood dealer's. One issue with a cut plan (except with sheet goods) is that boards come in different lengths, widths, and grades (unless you are buying at the big box store, which I do only in an emergency) so the old cut plan goes right out the window as you sort through the pile of stock. I quit worrying about buying too much stock for a project as the left overs always seem to find a home is some future project. They might become the secondary wood for some piece and won't be seen, or they might become a project unto themselves. That's what the wood racks are for in my shop. Here's one that was built entirely from scraps. It is bedsteps for my Grandaughter when she was too small to climb into her "big" bed.

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Yeah, it's always a good idea to leave at least an inch or two between pieces.

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