Cutlists Are A Waste Of Space
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We get a fair number of emails and phone calls from readers asking us to include cutlists for the furniture projects we run in the magazine.A small part of me understands that request.Cutlists are great for figuring out how much and what size lumber you need.
But most of me thinks that the potential harm of cutlists outweighs their benefits.I'll run through the good and the bad, give you a brief explanation of why Fine Woodworking doesn't provide cutlists, and point you to some great resources to help generate more-detailed drawings and cutlists of your own.
Cutlists are great in the early stagesWhen you head out to the lumberyard to buy boards for a project, you can save yourself time, money, and headaches if you have a clear understanding of what you need before you get there.
Don't worry so much about board feet.Rather, worry about the parts you need to make and the size boards you need to get those parts.My colleague Kelly Dunton has a great way to do that.He doesn't mention one explicitly, but a cutlist is a helpful tool for figuring all of this out.
Because a cutlist lists each part with its final dimensions, you can quickly figure out that a 6 in.wide board that's 8 ft.long is big enough for you to get all of the rails and stiles needed for two doors (For this example, rails: 2 1/2 in.
wide by 12 in.long; stiles: 2 1/2 in.wide by 30 in.long).As you find the lumber you need, you can check off parts on the list.Then, when you get back to shop you can use the list as a guide for rough cutting parts to size.
(You should do that, too.After rough cutting them, let them sit and acclimatize to the shop.)...