April 17, 2004

Crate Cut-List Calculator

Here's something I've been working on intermittently for about 14 years. It's a little script that takes three dimensions and builds a crate to fit them. You can also change the default lumber size, toggle spacing, and a couple of clearance dimensions.

As usual, this probably isn't as interesting for what it does, as for what it illustrates. In addition to calculating and collating a cut list, pictures of the pieces are drawn and dimensioned so you can see what you're asking for. That's also pretty handy when you get to construction.

Some of the terminology comes from building flats for the theater.

How many crates
  (dimensions round to 1/16)
Height of contents
Width of contents
Depth of contents
Lumber width
Lumber + ply thickness
Clearance for door
Toggle slop
Minimum toggle spacing
Image size %

default crate diagram

Source for Crate Cut-List Calculator

Posted by Hal Eckhart at April 17, 2004 11:19 AM | TrackBack

Very cool app, I'm going to use this to gauge the size of crate I need to store my favorite 9'2" Hap Jacobs. :-)

Posted by: Richard at April 22, 2004 12:44 PM
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