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Woodworking Apps for iPhone Woodworkers

woodworking iphone appsWhether you are an iPhone lover or hater, they are everywhere!  The type of phone you have is obviously irrelevant for woodworking, but in case you are one of the many people who hold an iPhone daily, there are a number of applications (apps) that can help you with your woodworking projects.   Software for these apps can be easily purchased through the Apple apps store and that can be done directly on the phone itself, or through iTunes on the user’s computer.

Purchasing and downloading an app is incredibly easy and feasible as the cost is minimal (some free, and the majority being around $0.99) and takes mere seconds to download to your handheld device.  As I looked through the Apps Store on my home computer, I thought I might show you some of the woodworking related applications I have found that you might find useful to your woodworking adventures!

There are a couple of conversion programs, which allow you to convert from one measurement to another (and with a wide range of starting and finishing units to choose between)

ConvertBot

ConvertBot ($1.99), which uses a dial-interface to choose the starting and finishing units, then changes to a calculator-type screen for entering the measurement itself. Since that was released, another has become available that I prefer:

Convert Bot

Convert
Convert ($1.99) which has a very straight-forward interface, and without changing screens allows both the starting/finishing units to be selected (finger-scrolling), and the value to be entered via the numeric keypad.

 Convert Iphone App

Often though, while you are working on your projects, changing units isn’t necessarily what you need to be doing (after all, if your plans are in imperial, you can always use an imperial ruler if you don’t want to bother converting all the measurements to metric).  What you may find to be more useful is being able to add and subtract measurements, particularly in an unfamiliar format (fractional inches being the obvious one).

ShopCalc
ShopCalc  ($1.99) is a “calculator specifically designed for the handyman, woodworker or D.I.Y enthusiast.”  You enter in whichever format you want, then add/subtract etc any other format, the app will display the answer in whatever format you choose.

ShopCalc

Inside the iPhone is an accelerometer. This device detects what way you are holding the phone (orientation) and it will adjusts the display automatically.  The accelerometer is surprisingly sensitive, and therefore allows many of woodworking opportunities.

iHandy
One app, called iHandy Carpenter ($1.99) has five woodworking tools built-in, including a steel ruler, surface level, plumb bob, bubble level and steel protractor. This app is possibly more suited to the carpenter/tradesman than the home woodworker.

iHandy Carpenter

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0 #3 Kowen 2012-08-22 20:11
What about WoodMasterHD for the iPad and iPhone? It’s a woodworking app that is hands-down the best app out there for woodworking. I have the ipad version and it’s loaded with some very cool features and has already paid for itself. It’s like half the price of some of the other woodworking apps. Not sure if there is android version but it’s one of those “Must have” apps if you’re a woodworker. Hope they do a version for the Windows phone. :/
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0 #2 Carpenter 2011-11-29 23:49
Here is some screen shots for "Carpenter Cut" iPhone app:



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-1 #1 Carpenter 2011-11-26 08:52
You may also wan to include "Carpenter Cut" app. It generates optimal cutlist diagrams right from the iPad/iPhone device, without having to have a full blown computer PC in your shop. It takes into account kerf size and grain direction.

Here is a demo video you about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJk8qX8fPdc

Also the app can be of great help to metal sheet and other types of cutting. Here is the download link for it:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carpenter-cut-optimal-cutlist/id478317343?mt=8
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