springfield, VA, US
I have used two applications to solve layout problems for plywood and solid lumber.
I first used Cut List from Delphiforfun.org
It’s a serious solution from a retired programmer working on mathematical puzzles.
I then found Maxcut:
It is a commercial solution offering a free version and two licensing options. The free version has all the needed functionality wood working as a hobby or small operation. The business licensing options are needed for a commercial shop.
Both solve the layout problems you describe in your article.
I use them to align the blade on my table saw to 90 degrees.
I have used the five cut method to test my sled.
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