When I've designed a piece of furniture, I need to source the wood for it. The wood is often sold in plank form that I need to cut to length when it's too long and glue together when it's too narrow.
Is there a technique other than trial and error for working out the optimal number of planks to purchase and how to cut and glue them to make the "sheets" I need?
Alternatively, are there software utilities that do this for me?
EDIT: In my particular case, the supplier can provide the wood in specific dimentions (2.5m lengths of 150mm wide planks in the thickness I need). So I really just need to work out how many of those planks need gluing side-by-side to make the wide boards in such a way as to produce the least wasted wood.