A 64-bit Windows 10/8/7 App to Supplement SketchUp 'Cut List 4.1'
CutlistCSV identifies all matching dimensions in a Cut List 4.1 output file. Each unique dimension is given its own simple label. So instead of searching through a long mixed-up list of dimensions to find the ones that match, all you have to do is look for the simple labels.
CutlistCSV is a big help on large projects with lots of dimensions. Cuts are easier to plan, and they're all identical when all cuts of the same size are made using the same setup.
If you already use SketchUp: If you also use the Cut List 4.1 Extension, you can download and use CutlistCSV to supplement the Cut List 4.1 information.
If you don't use SketchUp: I encourage you to learn to use it. SketchUp is a valuable, easy to use 3D drawing tool that can help you visualize a woodworking design. By seeing a 3D image of your project before you build it, you can have a good sense about how the final result will look, whether the design is even practical, and what changes might be needed before you buy materials and begin the build.
Get Cut List 4.1: If you're using SketchUp for woodworking but don't have Cut List already, open SketchUp, go to the Window menu, and click Extension Warehouse. When the new window opens, look for the red block labeled "Browse all of the Extensions" and click it. When that new window opens, enter "cutlist" in the Search window without the quotes and with no space between the words. When the list appears, click the row that contains "Title: Cutlist". A new list will now appear. Look for and click on "CutList by Steve R". Then go through the Install procedure.
The procedure might not go smoothly. If it doesn't, do it again. Once Cut List 4.1 has been successfully installed, you will have a menu item called Extensions and it will include an item called Cut List.
Get SketchUp: You can download and install a 64-bit version of SketchUp on your 64-bit computer by visiting this page. I recommend downloading SketchUp Make 2017. It's free. All other available versions are paid versions.
You can also access SketchUp online by clicking here and selecting "Personal Projects," then filling in the forms. I don't recommend the online version, though. I have no experience with it but it appears to be more awkward to use than SketchUp Make 2017, which is downloaded to you computer.
Learn how to use SketchUp: A good source for learning how to use SketchUp is "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics". It's an inexpensive DVD with a booklet that will walk you through the basics of using SketchUp.
What the 'Cut List 4.1' Supplement—CutlistCSV—Does
This is what can be done using the 'Cut List 4.1' Extension in SketchUp together with downloadable app CutlistCSV.
A Cut List 4.1 Window for a Particular Project
This image was created by Cut List 4.1 which is found in the Extensions menu in SketchUp.
Notice that the 4th and 5th columns contain Length and Width dimensions.
CutlistCSV Simplifies Things
CutlistCSV created the file shown in this image. You can see how the information from the above window has been simplified. And labels of A-G have been added in this case.
All dimensions from the picture above now have simple labels. All dimensions labeled A are the same. All dimensions labeled B are the same. And so on through G. No label is applied when only one item has a given dimension.
Download CutlistCSV Ver. 1.4
Though I made every effort to make this program useful and problem free, this app is available "as is" with no guarantee that it will suit your needs, no guarantee that it will not cause problems on any system on which it is used, and no guarantee against consequential damages.
CutlistCSV is a 64-bit application for use on 64-bit Windows 10/8/7 systems.
CutlistCSV is downloaded as a ZIP file, "CutlistCSV_Ver_1.4_64_Bits.zip". Simply extract the CutlistCSV.exe file and put it in a convenient location.
No installation is needed. Just run it.
Learn how to use CutlistCSV by following the description below.
How to Use CutlistCSV
If you haven't downloaded the ZIP file and extracted CutlistCSV.exe, do that now. Put CutlistCSV.exe in a convenient location on your computer.
When you double-click CutlistCSV.exe, this window will appear:
You can see that CutlistCSV is a so-called console application. It opens in what looks like an old-fashion DOS window.
The window contains a brief list of instructions. Notice that the 'CSV' box is to be checked in Step 2. CutlistCSV uses the file created by Cut List when this box is checked and Cut List is run.
Once you understand the instructions, press any key to exit the window. Unless you need to refer to the instructions, there is no need to double-click CutlistCSV.exe in the future.
So you've created a SketchUp project that you want to build and you've decided to use CutlistCSV to help you plan your cuts. Do the following.
- While in SketchUp, select all of the components in your SketchUp design that you want Cut List to work on. Ctrl‑A can be used to select all of the components.
- When all of the desired components have been selected, click the Extensions menu and then click Cut List. (If you don't see the Extensions menu or you don't see Cut List listed, refer to 'Get Cut List 4.1' near the top of this page.)
- The Cut List 4.1 window should now be open. The following two images show the 'Cutlist' and 'Layout' tabs for this example.
CutlList Tab - Be Sure the CSV Box is Checked
- Click the Run button.
- A window should open announcing that the CSV file was created. (If you don't see the window, go back and be sure that the CSV box had been checked.) The window should look something like this:
- Click OK.
- Close all of the Cut List 4.1 windows.
- Look for the new file with a CSV extension.
- Using your mouse, drag the new filename or icon and drop it on top of the CutlistCSV icon. CutlistCSV will automatically process the file.
- A window will open and announce the name of the original CSV file and the new file that it created. The new file will have "_MATCHED" appended to the file name. And, the new file is a TXT file. The window should look something like this:
- Press any key to close the window.
- Look for the new file name and double-click it to open it in Notepad. The file contents should look something like this:
This File Was Created by CutlistCSV
Notice that two columns of letters have been added between the Length and Width columns. Each letter identifies a specific dimension. Here, A is 3 1/2", B is 27 3/4", and so on.
Whenever at least two items have the same dimension an alphanumeric label is applied to them. Up to 55 different labels can be applied by CutlistCSV.
No label is applied when only one item has a given dimension.
The alphanumeric labels make it easy to find and identify dimensions that match. So CutlistCSV makes it easier to decide which cuts can be made with the same setup.