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Anybody using software to figure out the optimum sheet sizes to order for a given job?
I do quite a bit of flat lay laminate with gem-loc edge and every time I sit down to figure what sizes to order my eyes glaze over and my mind starts to wander. May be ADD I dont know.
I usually use graph paper and sort of scale it out but that is pretty time consuming for what seems like a fairly simple task.
Anyway short of always ordering 5x12 and having a huge amount of waste does anybody have a method you could share?
We use CutList Plus. I enter all of the parts that need to be cut. I tell the software what the trim amount will be. If there is grain then it will not rotate the pieces, non grain will allow rotation. We just did a job with 600 sqft of grained laminate. What we had as scraps leftover from the job weren't big enough to edgeband with. It costs a couple of hundred bucks but takes all of the thinking out of it.
It also shows you what sheets have waste to slit off and use as banding.
Click the link below to download the file included with this post.
Thanks a lot Dave. That looks like just what I need.
We also use cutlist plus to figure laminate, but it would be nice to have a program that could calculate L and U shaped tops.