Creating a Cut List of Framing Materials


Reference Number: KB-00095
Last Modified: February 10, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier



QUESTION

The materials list displays my framing in lineal feet. Is there a way to create a cut list of the lumber used in my plan? 


ANSWER

The Structural Member Reporting dialog allows you to specify the method used to calculate framing members in the Materials List. These modes include Mixed Reporting, Total Lineal Length, Cut List and Buy List. 


To modify the structural member reporting

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings Default Settings iconfrom the menu.


  2. Select Structural Member Reporting, then click the Edit button.


  3. In the Saved Structural Member Reporting Defaults dialog, it is possible to save different defaults for different situations.

    For this example, we will choose Default and click Edit.

    Saved Structural Member Reporting Defaults dialog with Default selected


  4. In the Structural Member Reporting Defaults dialog that opens next, you can choose which kind of reporting you wish to use. The selected method will affect subsequently created Materials Lists, but not any that may already exist in this plan.

    Structural Member Reporting - Default dialog showing Mixed Reporting, Total Linear Length, Cut List and Buy List options

    • Select Mixed Reporting to calculate framing materials using a combination of lineal lengths and piece counts.

    • Select Total Lineal Length to calculate the framing materials of the different structural components of the plan in linear feet.

    • Select Cut List to calculate the framing materials of the different structural components of the plan by counting the individual pieces present in the model.

    • Select Buy List to calculate the framing materials of the different structural components of the plan by counting individual pieces and matching them to items in the list of Boards to buy,

    Note: More information on the options available in this dialog can be found by clicking on the Help button located at the bottom of the dialog.


Additionally, you can change the reporting method while in a Materials List using the Lumber Reporting Method Control drop-down toolbar.

Changing the reporting method to Cut List using the Lumber Reporting Method Control drop-down