|Project by MJMeers||posted 01-24-2009 08:39 PM||79237 views||99 times favorited||42 comments|
Being fairly new to woodworking I was told that I should start off small. After building a couple wall sconces for the wife I decided that doing the smaller sized projects were certainly fun, but I wanted to go bigger…to me it was time to start building furniture.
I didn’t have a power jointer or planer at the time so I decided plywood was going to be the way to go. I learned very quickly that getting a full sheet of plywood into my basement shop was a chore in itself, but getting it cut down on the table saw by myself was not only a challenge, but flat out dangerous. So I started cutting the sheets down with an edge riding attachment for my circular saw. While it got the job done it was sort of a pain getting everything set up each time. Then one day I saw the plans for a sliding carriage panel saw in issue 88 of Shopnotes Magazine. I immediately decided that I HAD to build it.
After numerous “learning experiences” I completed the panel saw. And it works great. Its ability to do both rip and crosscuts make it incredibly versatile. I mounted it on an open wall in my garage which ended up being very convenient because when I bring home full sheets of plywood I can now unload them into the garage, trim them down on the panel saw and then easily carry the pieces into the shop.
All in all it ended up costing a little under $400 for the hardware and lumber to build the panel saw, but compared to the $1000+ cost of a store bought one I can’t complain.
I learned so much during the process of building this panel saw and would seriously recommend it to anyone that is looking for a challenging and functional project.
-- Matt, RI