Layout Laid Out - Router Table: Day 5.2

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, or you’ve been reading some of my posts in Steve’s private Facebook group, then this post may be redundant. But I’ve been spending the day with friends, taking a trip to Rockler, messing with my blog page navigation buttons, and doing other generally boring stuff, so this is all I’ve got for today.

But tomorrow I get wood, and that’s when the fun starts. 😳

Since I modified Steve’s router table plans to accommodate my router lift, I also had to change the cutlist. Normally that would be a real PITA.

But I found a fantastic free website called CutList Optimizer that makes it a lot easier.

Here’s what I said about it on Instagram:

I just found this website, and I love it. If you ever have to lay out cut sheets, you need to try this. I’m a retired developer, so I can appreciate great programming. And this site rocks!

The customization options are awesome, including things like:

  1. Considering grain direction on some or all (or no) pieces,
  2. Kerf width,
  3. Optimize for Least Waste or Least # of Cuts,
  4. List of cuts and in what order… I could go on. Am I gushing? YES. I love this site!

NOTE: I haven’t actually done a cut based on this site, so it’s always possible it’s wrong. But I doubt it.

And finally, this is what happens when you don’t clean or replace your air filters often enough:

I’ll let you guess which one is the old one, and which one is the new one.


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