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    Panel Saw Plans

    Does anyone have experience with building a home made panel saw, or know of plans that work out well? I'm trying to help a buddy who routinely has to cut several sheets of 5'x5'x3/8" baltic birch plywood to build spring floors for cheer leading competitions.

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    easier to make a dedicated straight edge guide for a skillsaw. If you have a battery saw easier but pick the saw you want to use, than measure the shoe, take a pc of 1/2 in ply 6' long maybe a foot wide, snap a chalk line 1 inch wider than the saw, attach a straight pc of hardwood, 3/4 thick or ply 2 or 3 in wide that has A VERY STRAIGHT EDGE OR RIP ONE, attach it right on that chalk line. Now guiding off that straight edge RIP THE 1/2 PLY. You now have a rip guide. when you mark the size you want just add the blade thickness to your mark clamp it on and zip

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    +1 to nixing the panel saw idea. A recent thread making a DIY straight edge like Skymaster is suggesting will make life easier...

    https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/...ad.php?t=62521

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    I made a straight edge Wednesday night and trimmed 10 or 15 pieces for him. That works well for field work, but when he sets out to make a floor he uses almost 200 sheets. Being able to set a stop block and make a cut on a panel saw versus pulling a tape to mark each side, setting and clamping the cutting guide, and running the saw would be a significant time savings at the end of the day.

    So, back to the original question... Anyone have experience with DIY panel saw plans?

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    Then go to colonial saw and they have a panel saw for about 800 bucks that will do his jobs, you can fold up when done against the wall. the time,effort, aggravation NOT spent trying to make a production tool is well worth it. You spend the better part of a week in time plus parts etc etc, vs same time cutting MONEY MAKING parts. 2 or 3 time and saw is paid for your back is happy and money in the bank

    http://www.rockler.com/safety-speed-cut-panel-pro-2-panel-saw

    http://www.southern-tool.com/store/p..._panel_saw.php cheaper

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    why not a table saw?
    fred p If it ain't broke you aint trying hard enough

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    I need 5' cut capacity - he uses 5x5 sheets. Some of his pieces are cut 4.5 x 5. Wednesday night I was cutting 3/16" off of his slightly off spec 5x5 pieces.

    My table saw works great, except the fence stops at about 52". Andrew doesn't have a table saw, and I believe he would be safer with a panel saw based on his experience level.

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    years ago I had a book from Taunton Press titled something like "Fine Woodworking - building shop machines" it had plans for a panel saw among other things
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    ahh just found a link on amazon https://www.amazon.com/Making-Modify.../dp/0918804434

    Wish I could lay hands on my copy - may just go ahead and order another.

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    Quote Originally Posted by allisnut View Post
    I need 5' cut capacity - he uses 5x5 sheets. Some of his pieces are cut 4.5 x 5. Wednesday night I was cutting 3/16" off of his slightly off spec 5x5 pieces.

    My table saw works great, except the fence stops at about 52". Andrew doesn't have a table saw, and I believe he would be safer with a panel saw based on his experience level.
    Have you ever considered a track saw? Also if he has that quantity often most likely cheaper just to outsource it. 5x5 baltic birch nice stuff. Wood knot surprise me at all if he spoke to his supplier they could hook him up to a point where he orders, from there for some xtra dollars he receives a pile of pre cut parts. add it to price, assembly and done

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    ShopNotes issue 88 from July 2006 has detailed plans for building a sliding carraige panel saw. I haven't built it myself and cannot say one way or the other how good it is, but it looks pretty good to me.

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    Quote Originally Posted by nn4jw View Post
    ShopNotes issue 88 from July 2006 has detailed plans for building a sliding carraige panel saw. I haven't built it myself and cannot say one way or the other how good it is, but it looks pretty good to me.

    http://eberhardt.bz/GME_Wood_Land/GM..._Panel_Saw.pdf

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    Why not combine the straight edge guide with a "trough" to hold sheets of plywood. You could add a tape and stop to allow for repeated cuts.

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    Search Craigslists, there are a bunch on there. Might not be close, but some of the prices look pretty good.

    I use CPlus for Craigslist on my iPhone to search, you tell it the area you want to search (I have mine for NC and surrounding states) and it looks in all of them quickly.

    Be sure to put " " around Panel Saw to narrow search. Otherwise it finds everything with Panel and with Saw in it.

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    Thanks guys. I pointed my buddy at a Milwaukee saw in Knoxville for $700. I think he is going to stay with the cutting guide and circular saw for now. I guess he has more time than money, which is a common situation for me as well.

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    Re: Panel Saw Plans

    I've tried making a panel saw before but I was not happy with the results. Not any more accurate than a circular saw and guide. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that I failed to get an accurate saw.

    On the other hand, my track saw is as accurate as my table saw. I have a Paulk style bench with his crosscut setup that has stops. I also have other jigs to allow quick accurate and repeatable track setting. All but the workbench stores in very little space. I think it is a much better way to go. I use a DeWalt but if money is really tight, I bet a Grizzly and a new blade would work pretty nicely. The stock blade might work well enough for what he is doing. One disadvantage is tracks are commonly 59 inches. Not convenient when you need to crosscut a 60 inch sheet. You will need a second track but you can find them shorter than 59 inches. Some brands also offer 75 inch tracks (maybe just festool, DeWalt doesn't, Makita might).

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