Breaking down sheet goods

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 02-08-2013 06:25 PM 3391 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few techniques I use to break down large sheets of plywood into manageable-sized pieces suitable for woodworking.


This video is my contribution to “Get Woodworking” week. Lot’s of great links and info for brand-new woodworkers. Visit Tom’s Workbench for more info:

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 06:51 PM

well im not quite sure i got it….but ill watch it again, after i get going, and once i go , im sure ill get the way i just cut a full sheet on my table saw, so i still got it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 07:01 PM

I never herd of Get Woodworking Week. Interesting. I never saw your video.

I use a circular saw and four identical saw horses on my driveway quite often. It works pretty well. (I have a small shop) :-|

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 07:13 PM

Took a while to load up.

I try to use the table saw for all of my cuts. If not, a free hand, eye and pencil mark is close enough and dress it up on the table saw.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 07:17 PM

god, you butchered the “get woodworking week” to it’s final end… :)

nice vid! very nice setup with the truck and mobile workbench, I liked that.

since I don’t have a truck, I actually handle sheet goods on the floor with a substrate of MDF (same idea as the styrofoam) – the trick is to have the substrate narrower than your sheet goods so that the edges of your sheet good can be clamped to the straight edge, then everyone is happy (er)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 09:01 PM

I use four 2×4 on the floor to place sheetgoods on when cuting
but thinking of making a cuting griid on two sawhorses now my knee´s
has started to give the no-no pain signal when they smell floor work

thanks for a good vidio as always Steve :-)


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#6 posted 02-08-2013 09:38 PM

Must be some good pot…. LOL

I enjoyed it

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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Craftsman on the lake

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#7 posted 02-08-2013 10:17 PM

Truck tailgate…. I use that two. Rarely do I take full sheets into the shop.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 02-08-2013 10:33 PM

Very cool! It’s hard for me to pick up sheets of plywood too! Normally I get a helper pick it up!

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#9 posted 02-09-2013 06:54 AM

I Don’t know if I’ll ever try to do anything that difficult again!...................I’m worn out….......;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 02-09-2013 01:27 PM

I’m not sure I learned anything new, but as usual you made it fun to watch.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 02-09-2013 02:43 PM

A very fine Ford truck. OH, and good vid about breakin down plywood.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 02-09-2013 11:20 PM

Some nice Low-End woodworking there Steve. ;) Thanks for sharing. Really. You are a hoot. And also humble. You are a humble hoot. Or a hoot that is humble?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 02-10-2013 06:28 AM

I enjoyed this video.

-- Have a great day.

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#14 posted 02-13-2013 04:32 AM

I agree with Bill N and wonder if you’re going to share? Don’t Bogart!!!

-- Harold

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