Woodworking and designing software may sound like the stuff of big industry but free versions and more user friendly versions are becoming increasingly popular and available. The average DIY enthusiast can now produce plans, designs and cutlists for any number of projects to save on wood and other materials and reduce waste thereby saving money and time spent on the project so you can get the job done and move on to the next one on your ever expanding list of stuff to do.
When you get a sheet of plywood, chipboard, MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) or even just standard timber, there is an optimal way to cut the shapes out of the material available. This optimal way eliminates waste by mathematically determining the most parts of any woodworking project that can be obtained from a single sheet of any given material, this saves you time, money and effort.
It is also good for the environment. In today’s more ecologically aware world, as a society we are trying to use less resources and of those we are using, renewable ones are preferred. Deforestation has been identified as a problem for decades and has gotten worse if anything rather than better so we all need to do our bit. So reduce waste wood with an optimized cutlist and always use FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) approved and certified timber to help the planet.
You can also use woodworking software to plan and design a myriad of different items in any material you can think of. Kitchen designs, staircases, cabinets, bathrooms, tables etc can all be designed and made using any material you can get hold of and cut into the appropriate shapes. So instead of leaving things to chance, get a proper, professional looking job done and be the envy of DIYers the world over