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*** Winner of This Old House's Top 100: Best New Home Products ***
"Enter the lengths of lumber, sheet goods, crown molding, pipe, and other materials for a project and this app produces a cutting plan that gets the most out of your stock, minimizing waste. Invaluable. " - This Old House Magazine
Ever get to the end of a project and you don't have a piece big enough to finish the job? Guess what, you didn't plan the cut combinations and now you're heading back to the home improvement store to buy more material. Not any more with Cut Calculator!
Don't get caught with wrong material estimates again. Cut Calculator will help minimize the amount of material you need to buy, accommodating all of your cut sizes. Perfect for linear cuts such as baseboard molding, crown molding, pipe, lumber AND area cuts such as plywood or drywall. Cut Calculator will plan your cuts to save you money!
Cut Calculator is a contractor's, a carpenter's and do-it-yourself'ers must have!!
* Add all of your cuts in feet, inches, centimeters, and millimeters. You can use fractions or decimal. Even mix between imperial and metric
* Add multiple available material sizes. Cut Calculator is going to figure out how to minimize waste with any combination
* Add your saw blade width (kerf) and Cut Calculator is smart enough to know that a 3 ft. cut and a 7 ft. cut will no longer work on the same 10 ft. board
* For sheet goods, Cut Calculator allows you to factor in wood grain or ignore it, all while optimizing your cut plan
* Save your Plans for later, load up old Plans is fast and easy
* View and print a PDF of your plan design
* Export your shopping list to email, iMessage, or copy into any App
Avoid one mishap using this App, and Cut Calculator has paid for itself, and then some!! Don't just take our word for it:
"Some people have a hard time visualizing the best way to utilize materials, and Cut Calculator creates a picture illustration of your materials and your cuts to help you best utilize what you have" - MacNewsWorld, June 2013
Featured by Apple as a New and Noteworthy App - Utilities
What's New in Version 3.11.1
* Fixed a critical bug affecting small Linear Plans
Helped me figure out the size of lumber to buy based on my project needs, really simple and easy to use. Printing ability was great as well, so I can take sheets with me to store. Also was able to go back to a saved "project", make changes, and recalculate. Had a little learning curve at first, but realized you want to calculate lengths on one dimension at a time, (for ex. Put in all cuts on 2x4s only, and available stock to come up with lengths to buy), or cuts and available stock on a "area" (for ex. Plywood sheets of certain size to but for all cuts from plywood needed). I thought ability to have pricing might be helpful, but generally longer stock lengths and efficient cuts translate to lower costs. Couldn't find this tool in more expensive apps.
Meh, not really.
I used the original freeware cutlisting software way back when, and as rudimentary as it was over 10 ago, it blows this away w/ early 90s graphics.
This app is fine to see how much material you'll need for a project but doesn't seem to take into account maximization of unused material or preferences for initial cuts being of rip or chop. It also doesn't seem to register preference of grain direction. What's killing me the most is that there's no manual placement so you can't move the pieces! Why can't I fix this app's horrible layouts? I wanna line pieces up along long initial rip cuts but this has me making a million little shorty cuts. Yeh right! No me, no way, not now, not ever! This has a pretty interface and is all polished up but no. I'd rather use my pencil LOL
Easy but too simple for shop use.
I guess I could sum up my review with you get what you pay for. The most glaring omission is the inability to include material thickness in sheet goods calculations. I commonly use 1/4", 1/2", 5/8" and 3/4" thick plywood and/or mdf in a project. There is no way to enter these thicknesses in you cuts or materials. I can't use this for what I do. I gave it 2 stars because it is very easy to use and can quickly do 5th grade math and save you 20 seconds of figuring.