Every now and then someone asks about panel saws and I'm reminded that my
life might be some easier if I had one. Last time around I started sketching
and accumulating files in a directory.
Well, Larry L'Hote might be proud of me. My next door neighbor buys 2" x
0.125" aluminum [aluminium] tubing in 24' lengths, cuts 17' for wing spars,
and scraps the remaining 7'.
I started thinking that the tubing might make passable guide rails for a
panel saw if I could puzzle out how to build a decent linear bearing out of
a 2x4 and was encouraged by the donation of two of the cut-offs by their
chief (actually, their only) test pilot/mechanic/floor sweeper (and lunch
I've made a start of sorts - and had an inspiration to subject the entire
design and build process to peer review. It works pretty well for software,
so why not for woodworking? Anyhow, I've loaded what I have so far (and some
has already changed) onto a web page at
Anyone/everyone who has any interest is welcome to look it over and send
suggestions and criticisms as you feel apropriate.
I'm hoping to end up with two things: first (of course) a decent panel saw;
and second, a howto page that will make it easier for someone else to build
one of these things.
DeSoto, Iowa USA