|Project by tedth66||posted 05-08-2011 07:38 AM||57434 views||92 times favorited||21 comments|
Since my garage is my shop I’ve always had space challenges. When I have to deal with a full-size panel, things even get more difficult. Clearing out the space to cut down a panel is not only back breaking it’s also very time consuming.
Another issue I’ve dealt with for some time is scrap material building up against the wall.
I finally got fed up with investing so much time cutting down panels and dealing with the scrap lumber build-up so I decided to make a combo Panel Saw with Lumber Cart. This cart not only allows me to store my scrap material and a few full-sized panels but it also allows me to cut down panels without the long setup time.
I made the panel storage side out of 2×3s (frame) and mounted a 1/2 piece of ply to it to act as the sacrificial piece. The panel frame is hinged with 1/2” bolts so when it’s time to cut the panel all I do is pull out the lower portion of the frame and it locks into place. With the use of my Festool TS55 track saw, cutting down a panel is now a piece of cake. The rest of the cabinet is made out of scrap ply and scrap MDO. It’s not pretty but it does the job. I only had 18” of width to deal with because I still need to park my cars in the garage.
FYI – The locking mechanism I used on the panel saw was the same mechanism I came up with on my outfeed table on my tablesaw cabinet.