[Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:44 pm

This is a dxf file which I imported into sketchup. Then I added some dimensions.
CutMaster pro setup controls all the details of the drilling (machining).

Cup hinge mounting plates usually have 2 wings with mounting holes that are 32mm on center and 37mm from the center to the front edge of the side panels. You set these values in CutMaster DXF Options.

If you usually work in inches you can temporarily set your units to millimeters while you are setting up your DXF options. This allows you to set all the values to your hardware manufacturer's specifications.

Please note that door edging is currently set to 0mm. The software will adjust for door edging

dxf door setup.png


In this case I set distance to first hole as 64mm and I set the hole spacing for mounting plates at 32mm. I set the distance to the top hole for the top hinge at 96mm (just for show). The bottom gap is set to 0mm and the top gap is set to 3mm. This results in the 80mm to center of the bottom cup hole and 109mm to the center of the top hole. I've also set door height for 3rd hole as 1000mm resulting in a 3rd hinge for these 2 doors.

dxf for door.png


In this detail there are more dimensions. The cup hinge diameter is 35mm and is 21mm from the edge of the door and is 13 mm deep. The 4 values for the door mounting holes are also clearly illustrated.

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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:07 pm

Here is the setup for a top and bottom with a dado for 6 mm thick back. Also setup for Rafix.

Rafix Top and Bottom.png


Imported DXF into Sketchup

DXF Rafix Top and Bottom.png
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby bernd_cnx » Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:43 am

Hi Garry,
Garry K wrote:I will consider all options.

Right now you can add finished panels if you wish - that is how I used to build cabinets. A lot of advantages doing it this way.
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Here is a dxf file for nested cnc. CutMasterPro reads in the parts list, optimizes it for cnc routing and creates dxf files.

How about the grooves for backpanels and the different possibilities or holes of knock down connections.? If I use vertical processing by CNC, the machine gets all information in G-Code ?

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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:23 am

I have gone with lists for upper, base, split top and tall spacing details. These lists are for Shelf supports, Construction holes, Dowel holes, Minifix and Rafix connectors.

For example for these 2 sides for Base cabinets the list for shelf supports contains:
37,300-48
This tells Cutmaster to place the first line of holes at 37 mm on center from the front edge. The second line of holes is placed on center 300 mm from front edge. The negative sign tells Cutmaster to place the holes 48 mm from the back edge.

2 sides and drilling.png


Here is the layout for Angled Top and Bottoms using Rafix connectors with Optional 10 mm dowel hole. In this case there is a mitered back support and the grooves stop where the back support ends.

angled top and bottom with rafix.png


And here is the layout for Return Top and Bottoms using Minifix connectors.

return top and bottom with minifix.png
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:45 am

The DXFTest program I wrote helps to understand many aspects of the drilling for parts. I've added an samples.ini file where users can add their own panels. Lots of comments in the ini file.

I am now working on edging adjustments. If you don't care about the thickness of the edging then set it to 0. However if you are working with 3 mm solid wood or pvc edging then it does matter.

For example your side panel may have up to 4 different edging and various thicknesses. Cutmaster automatically adjusts the panel sizing and also adjusts the actual spacing for the drilling.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:13 pm

Getting closer. The testing that I've done has different edge thickness for all edges on side panels.

I also wrote a DXF import that reads the DXF files that I generate and places construction points at the center of circles. I've added the script to my CabMaker so that I can check the accuracy of my DXF files. The DXF files have true circles and radius so I've adjusted the number of segments based on radius of circle. I've also placed each object inside a group but you can select all of the groups and explode them.

For drilling and grooving you have total control of placement, depth, width, length and or hole diameter.

Currently there are a few assumptions such as stretcher thickness and top and bottom thickness is assumed to be the same as the side panel thickness. With nested CNC most parts are the same thickness however if this doesn't work for everyone I am open to make changes.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:36 pm

The next version is close. Just need to finish of the documentation and translation files.

1) Fixed positioning problem with drawer box for the right side of side by side drawers.
2) Add my own DXF import for dxftext and cutmaster. This dxf import is not extensive but will import my own dxf files much faster than the built in dxf import. It also places construction points at the center of all holes making it much easier to test accuracy. I've also created groups for geometry and placed those groups in proper layers.
3) Add a routine so you can add your own parts to the parts list. (CabMaker Gold). Thickness is always the smallest of the 3 dimensions but you can choose whether the longest measurement is Length or Width.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:19 pm

Version 1.0.53 is now ready for download.

I've also added a report configuration where you can choose the reports that you want and with the parts_list you can turn off a few sections if you want. For example if you purchase your doors and build cabinets then you can produce a door report and omit the door parts from the part listing report.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:01 am

Cabmaker 1.0.54 now available
Fixed bug with respect to libraries

CutMaster 2.0.1.25 now available

DxfConfig 2.0.1.25 now available
This program helps to configure the rules for all the drilling and grooving required for CNC machines
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby abdalmalki » Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:47 am

Great update Garry :thumb:

I think it is the time to make a detailed youtube video to explain new features in Cutmaster and the new software DxfConfig.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:06 am

I'm now working on documentation for DxfConfig and then updating CutMaster. After that I will make some utube videos.

I am concentrating on these 2 programs over the next month or two. I want to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:08 pm

I am working on porting CutMaster and DxfConfig to a more current C++ compiler. CutMaster reports will now be available in 6 formats
1) Screen
2) Printer
3) PDF
4) HTML
5) CSV
6) RTF
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:52 pm

Porting CutMaster and DxfConfig to a more current compiler took longer than I had hoped. However, I also changed the database driver. We are still using SQLite database but no longer need to install a 3rd part ODBC driver. The Data Grids now work better than ever before.

I recommend that you either use metric or decimal inches for the DXF features. Fractional inches is not close enough for European hardware. It is best if you work with metric but decimal inches should be ok.

Version 2.0.1.26 of CutMaster and DxfConfig are now available on my web site. CabMaker Gold version 1.0.57 is intended to work with CutMaster Gold.

Anyone who has expired trials for CutMaster and DxfConfig and who wishes to try out the new programs please email me from my web site and I'll reset your accounts.

Cutmaster still requires some work - but it is close enough to get a good feel for it.

To Do:
1) Update documentation
2) Complete tall cabinet sides
3) Enable multiple Dxf Configuration files
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:02 am

I guess you can never do enough testing. I have found a few bugs and am working quickly to fix them.

Bugs:
1) In cabmaker if you leave the description blank then CutMaster Imports the parts incorrectly and the fields shift. This is now fixed. The current work around is to not leave the description blank.
2) Side panels have some discrepancies in CutMaster as compared to DxfConfig. DxfConfig is correct. I'm currently working on figuring out why the difference.

Users are welcome to discuss anything that they are finding.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:06 am

3) Kick Joinery is one of the bugs. Turns out it wasn't hooked up. Fixed.
4) Also Full Dado wasn't hooked up. It is now fixed.

There are a couple more discrepancies. I will fix them and put out a new version.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:37 pm

5) The drawer box backs and fronts were switched. It's an issue when notching for undermount drawer slides. Fixed in CabMaker
6) Right and Left Doors were reversed. Fixed in CabMaker and in CutMaster
7) Holes for cup hinges now aligned. Doors need to be a multiple of 32 mm plus or minus a fixed amount.

Working on multiple rules. If you have a rule defined in CabMaker then you can set up a corresponding rule (same name) in Cutmaster. If the CabMaker rule doesn't exist in CutMaster then CutMaster's default rule "default" will be applied.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:45 pm

8) Drawer Stretchers were not aligning. Fixed
9) Drawer Slide holes in sides were missing. Fixed
10) Drawer Box Front and Backs reversed. Fixed
11) Enabled multiple Dxf Configuration files. These line up with Rules in CabMaker
12) Licensing not working for some users. I believe this is now fixed.

Version 2.0.1.27 of CutMaster now available on my web site
Version 2.o.1.27 of DxfConfig now available on my web site
Also CabMaker 1.0.58 is now available. Part of the fixes just mentioned were on CabMaker side.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:40 am

Back to CabMaker

Working on Version 1.0.60

- Added more context help graphics. You can now see the handle choice when you mouseover 1 of 7 controls that let you specify handles.
- Added a new vanity that has been requested. It has 2 small drawers and the sink is centered. You can also set this up for standard cabinets. In this case it isn`t a sink front it is an actual 3rd drawer.
- Working on angled end cabinets next.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:01 pm

1) Added Angled End cabinets for uppers and base cabinets
2) Added Cabinet (Description in Web Dialog) to Labels
3) You can know start a label run with a partial sheet. Just enter in the number of skipped labels.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:56 pm

I've also added support for labels using an A4 format. These labels will be slightly larger and will have 24 labels per sheet instead of 30.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:05 pm

I'm now supporting A4 and letter for CutMaster Reports.
I've also finished the Angled End Cabinets

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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:14 pm

CabMaker version 1.0.60 is now ready for download
CutMaster version 2.0.30 is now ready for download
DxfConfig version 2.0.30 is now ready for download
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:29 pm

Now working on Version 1.0.61

Here is a return cabinet and an angled cabinet with different depths
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:47 pm

I imported all the parts into cutmaster and then created the dxf file. Then I imported the dxf file back into sketchup to check the accuracy.

The trickiest part is the angled corner top and bottom panels lining up properly with the sides. I set up for 3 mm edging and wanted a 400 mm finished side and for all the drilling to line up.

The setup includes system holes at 37 mm from the finished edge and drilling for rafix 32 mm from back and front edges 400 mm - 64 mm = 336 mm. So accuracy is there.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:17 pm

CabMaker version 1.0.61 is now available from my web site.
1) corner cabinets with different depths (left side and right side)
2) import dxf now defaults to where cutmaster places the dxf files.
3) fixed a couple of bugs for reporting of parts_list_2
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:57 pm

DxfConfig and CutMaster versions 2.0.1.31 are now available from my web site.
They both now support Corner Tops, Bottoms and Shelves which have different depths for each side.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:07 pm

New versions are now available.
- Cutmaster now supports adjusting connectors for angled end cabinets tops and bottoms.
- Cutmaster now allows you to set up labels for A4 printers as 24 or 30
- Added a reload feature to dxfConfig so you can modify samples.ini and reload without having to restart dxfConfig.
- CabMaker synchronized with CutMaster
- Added support for edge all edges for angled shelves
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:57 pm

I'm working on CabMaker 1.0.63

- Added blind partition for drawer hardware as an optional rule for Frameless construction.
- Fixed bug with for corner cabinet shelves where brace width is 0.
- Fixed bug with Fillers for corner cabinets. The Right filler was not positioned correctly
- Blind cabinet fillers now positioned between the blind panel and the cabinet butting up to the Blind Cabinet.
- Added Double Filler for frameless overlay construction as an option.

New version available shortly.
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Garry K » Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:03 pm

Version 1.0.63 of CabMaker now available.
Also Version 2.0.1.33 of DxfConfig and CutMaster now available on my website.

Merry Christmas
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Re: [Plugin] GKWare Cabinet Maker

Postby Frederik » Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:44 pm

Merry Christmas, Garry!
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