Anyone who has carried big heavy sheet of plywood around, or tried to
cut a straight line on one has probably cast an envious eye at the
track-mounted panel saws that lumber yards use to slice up big sheets.
With this easy to make jig, you can turn your portable circular saw
into a panel saw that will do the same job in your own home. It's a
simple A-frame stand that leans against the wall and holds any style
portable saw. Slide the saw down and it slices a panel in a single
stroke. Turn the saw sideways and you can rip panels to their full
length by feeding them into the saw lengthwise.
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I use 1 8' and 1 4' piece of 1/8" x 1 1/4" flat iron and two small C
clamps. That allows operation of the saw either way as it will slide
under the motor unless you are making a really deep cut.
On 31 Oct 2003 15:12:55 -0800, email@example.com
I simply place the sheet flat on the floor, on blue foam insulation.
I then clamp a straight board to it, and set the blade for 1/8"
thicker than the wood. I can kneel right on the panel and cut
quickly, accurately and safely.
The foam board is light, cheap, and weatherproof, so it's easy to
store, inside or out..
Panel cutters are nice, but they take up an inordinate amount of space
unless the user cuts a lot of sheets. I'm simply cutting them to a
manageable size, for final trimming on a table saw.
On Sat, 01 Nov 2003 12:53:08 GMT, B a r r y B u r k e J r .
They take up an inordinate amount of space even if the user cuts a lot
My solution is to hinge it to the ceiling joists and haul it up out of
the way when you're not using it.
Btw, you can build your own for a fraction of the cost of commercial
The original message appears to have been posted by someone selling
plans, so not only is it not practical for most people here ( L.M. seems to
have both a use and a solution to the storage problem unlike most of us) but
the original message does not belong here. (I don't believe L. M. was the
originator of the thread)
Several years ago I bought the Penn State Industries, PSI, panel
cutting jig and find it works quite well for me. Pull 4X8 slabs out
of the PU on sawhorses, clamp the guide and cut the ply. THEN I can
work them on the tablesaw. I gave up knee work several years ago and
this jig obviates asking the knees to do something. About $100.00
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