|Project by uMinded||posted 07-06-2015 12:18 PM||2007 views||22 times favorited||5 comments|
I was trying to rip a 4’ x 8’ sheet of 1/8 hardboard lengthwise on my tablesaw and it was a disaster. I got to thinking that I needed a better way of parceling sheet goods to rough size before heading to the table saw. I also know that my floor space is disappearing quickly (Thats a telescope on that hand cart, lol)
This was all made with things I had on hand. Total cost of $0, my favorite!
2×4x10’ cut a 15deg angle on the bottom and cut to 100” give a perfect fit to my 8’ ceiling. I then cut two scrap 2×4’s to their max length (the inside ones) and used a forstner bit to plow a 7/8” hole through them in two locations. I slid everything onto two 5’ pieces of 3/4” electrical EMT and screwed a deck screw into the wood/pipe to secure everything. The bottom support is a scrap french cleat from MDF. Hinges are just some from a door I found in the alley, drilled out so there are 3 screws into the 2×4.
When cutting lengthwise I clamp the top of the sheet to the four 2×4 supports and manually cut the panel with my circular saw. (not the most accurate but 1/4” waste is doable) When the panel is cut the top section stays floating so there is no binding on the blade.
Cutting crosswise is much easier. I simply use my circular saw jig and put it on the line, clamp wherever is convenient and rip away.
To put it away I mangled some 4” rubberized lag hooks into “L” shapes. I simply hold the unit up and twist the L to support the 2×4.