A Pro’s Guide To Cut ListsComments (2)
Cut list and drawings work together
Width vs. length: it’s in the grain.
Convention dictates that part dimensions be listed in the
order of thickness × width × length. If you’re confused
between width and length, follow the grain; its direction
indicates the length of the piece. With plywood, use
the grain direction of the face veneer as your cue.
Go to woodcraftmagazine.com
to download a blank cut list form.
- As you lay out your parts to rough size, mark them with the cut list part code, drawn with chalk or a lumber crayon.
- When appropriate, note on the lumber if a piece is meant to yield multiple parts, for example, from resawing.
- Check off laid out parts on the cut list. (For multiples, use hash marks to record individual parts as you tick them off.)
- To avoid confusion later, mark any waste or excess stock as such.
- Using your cut list along with an accompanying drawing, initially lay out your project parts at least 1" longer and 1⁄4" wider than their finished sizes. Then let the parts sit stickered for at least a few days before you start milling them to their final sizes.
Relative dimensioning: sizing parts to suit previous cuts
Simple tips, right on point and clearly explained and illustrated. Excellent!
As one who likes to cut board from trees in my own small forest, this is "great to know" information. Although I know much of this, I forget things. This will become a "go-to" reference before I start the cutting. Thank you!
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