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Custom Shop Cabinets

RON Member

Advice on cabinet software. I just picked up a used 5 x 10 router for the shop. I have a customer that would like a bid on candle soap shop it will consist of about 100 feet of cabinets and large u shape computer work station. I know it sounds simple but they want base cabinets 28 inches deep with 30 counter top. I dont do kitchens that often but I am slow right at the moment. Are there cabinet software that won't kill the pocketbook that would be able to change standard cabinet sizes to custom sizes

1/2/19       #2: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
MarkB Member

If your just getting started and happen to use SketchupPro CabinetsenseSoftware is a fully customizable plug-in that allows for opt-in opt-out month to month. You will still have to make all your adjustments for your construction style in your library but it would allow you to build a cabinet 3" tall, 6 feet deep, and 9" wide if you needed it.

You'd have to be, or want/need to be, a SU user though.

Im sure others will chime in with other options. We have been using the SU/CS option for a long while and been very happy with the cost and support but it suits our shop as we do a lot of very varied work.

1/2/19       #3: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
rich c.

If you just bought the router, and are shopping for software, now is not the time to place a bid on a commercial job. Ever heard of learning curve? How do you intend to meet a delivery date when you have no idea how to program the software? Pass on the job no matter how sweet it looks, unless you can get the parts cut by someone else. Learn your new software and process without the time demands of delivery. The shop owner will appreciate it as well.

1/2/19       #4: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
rich c.

I meant the candle shop owner would appreciate an on-time delivery.

1/2/19       #5: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
RON Member

I am not new to routers been around them for about 15 years a friend has one in his shop and have used vcarve for about 7 years
His router is a 4 x 4. I was wanting a simple cabinet software

1/2/19       #6: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
RON Member

Was just wanting to try some cabinet software out and see how much faster it speed my process up from panel saw and line borer

1/2/19       #7: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
Zach Froble  Member



You pay monthly, so you can try it out without breaking the bank. I would check and make sure they have a post for your machine. If they do you might be able to use one of their standard libraries to produce some samples. There will still be a learning curve to get into production, but if you pay some one on one training they should be able to get you up running fast.

1/3/19       #8: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
james e mcgrew Member


For 250.00 you could use cabinetpartspro, i have for a good decade or so as a simple box program. for what it is it is reasonably powerful for this use, no design but it will make basically any cabinet you want.

1/3/19       #9: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
RON Member

Is cabinetpartspro still in business I have tried to email them a couple time and it fails

1/3/19       #10: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
james e mcgrew Member


I will check, I have known him a long time

1/3/19       #11: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
Pat Gilbert

Check this one out


1/4/19       #12: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
RON Member

thanks i will look

1/5/19       #13: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
Pat Gilbert

I'm just starting to get into this and sketchup

The thing i like is the ability to do custom (in 3d) mixed with stock cabinets and it is quite quick with full manufacturing output i.e. dxfs and built in nesting.

The price cannot be beat

1/7/19       #14: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
Larry Schweitzer

Pat, Does it have a post processor for the particular machine you are using? How much does the PP cost? A call for tool 3 could be a lot different on different machines!

1/7/19       #15: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
RON Member

Mr Mcgrew, Did you ever talk to that guy about his software if it is still in business

1/7/19       #16: Custom Shop Cabinets ...
Pat Gilbert

Larry congrats on your retirement

GK Ware isn't CAM software but it will export in whatever layered DXF you need.

Mark P runs this program with great success on a daily basis.

Yes it will hook up with any CAM, I have just started getting into this so have not got into the post processor part yet.

So far the program is impressive because of sketchup being free software and GK Ware being a small fraction of the cost of the past programs.

Not sure it would organize a job as well as MV, but so far it looks terrific. It will nest very fast with built in labeling using a V bit

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