Awhile ago JOAT posted this link to a quickie panel cutting table:
Or maybe this one:
I can't remember now.
I'd seen that idea before, but now I was getting ready to cut up a whole
lot of half-inch plywood and drywall so I figured the price might be
Should have built this thing years ago. It works great, stores with the
sheet goods, and doubles as a work surface. 13 bucks and change for the
legs, about 7 bucks for the cheapest two by fours in the yard. Half an
A sheet of half-inch plywood I just throw on the table, 3/4 ply I do that
tip, lean, and lift trick. With a couple good plywood straightedges and
this Makita saw, which I must say was really easy to tune up nice and
straight, cutting any length and size of plywood is no longer a chore to
set up nor a pain in my lower backside, and the only time it's the wrong
size is when I measure wrong. I really have to do something about that.
But I can't blame the tools.
When I get this much use out of twenty bucks and a few hours, I have to
say something. Now I have, and I feel better.
When I worked in a sign shop we had something similar. It was a 4X8 table
with a 1/2" wide 3" high trim around the edge. Inside the boarder they had
a 3" thick sheet of Styrofoam. We would place a sheet of Plexiglas on top
of the Styrofoam and either use the saber saw or a router to cut through the
The foam would be replaced occasionally as it got chewed up, but it worked
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
Similar but different, I bought the styrofoam and purposely
cut it into 2' X 4' pieces. I lay them out on the floor of
my garage (where I bust down panels), make my cuts and carry
the cut up pieces down the stairs to my shop (no scraping
the drywall/getting yelled at). When I'm done the styrofoam
gets stacked away (doesn't take up much room).
Of course my method means working on my knees and the OP's
system is way better onna 'count of you get to work upright
like God and Al Gore had intended us to do. I think I might
be able to find a wee bit of room in the garage for the
table frame idea.
Yeah, and I'm getting reminded of all sorts of things that happened when I
was younger, like whacking my knee against a hard sharp place a long long
time ago. Now when I get down on my right knee it feels like it's sitting
on thumbtacks. And since I don't feel comfortable wearing kneepads all the
time just in case I'll need to kneel down, the table is a little more than
Tue, Dec 28, 2004, 11:45pm (EST+5) firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan) claims:
Awhile ago JOAT posted this link <snip>
I don't remember doing that, but will apologize for it anyway.
People without "things" are just intelligent animals.
Those table "frame-tops" are handy for cutting sheet goods. A tip I
garnered from John Carroll was to use an old frame-and-panel door,
knock out the panels, then you have a quick and easy table frame top.
The wood used for doors is usually straight-grained and thus far
superior to the 2x4s common in plans for the table frame tops, plus
these doors are literally a dime a dozen at most salvage yards--or free
at most any dump.
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