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OK So I needed a way to cut large sheet goods. I was looking through old copies of Shopnotes Magazine and found this Panel Saw. I decided to build it for my shop. It took me about a week of gathering parts and putting them together to make this beast but it came out better then I imagined. Now I can cut any size sheet good by myself and not strain any part of my body to do it. With less then $250 invested I think it was well worth it.

-- "Keep Miaking That Sawdust," Lance

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 04:53 PM

Great job! I wish I had the wall space for one.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 04:53 PM

Looks great. How good is it at keeping things square?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 05:03 PM

I thought about building this one too, but I was also concerned about how square everything stayed when moving the saw left to right.

Can you flip the saw to cut horizontally?

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 05:09 PM

Now this is nice. Everyone who has ever handled sheet goods would simply love to have space for one of these. I have cut full size sheets on my table saw but it is no picnic.

Nice project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-02-2008 05:16 PM

Well to answer the questions, Once it is set to being square it pretty much has stayed that way. I have not had to adjust it at all. As far as cutting horizontally, It works GREAT. I usually Clamp the sheet down and then rotate the saw to horizontal. Lock the saw sled to the measurement I want, Make the cut and have a big smile on my face with the results.

-- "Keep Miaking That Sawdust," Lance

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#6 posted 04-02-2008 05:41 PM

This is great, and a real bargain considering what they ask for panel saws.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 04-02-2008 06:33 PM

Nice Job, I had plans to buy one, but maybe I’ll considering building it now after seeing how nice yours preforms I just got to decide which of the three designs I have that I want to build. thanks for the inspiration.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#8 posted 04-02-2008 06:42 PM

This is really nice. Looks like an elaborate one too. I also wish I had the space for one of these!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 04-02-2008 07:49 PM

Is there any chipping when cutting veneers? What type of saw and blade are you using on it? Looks like you did a nice job on it.Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 04-02-2008 09:02 PM

Well in cutting plywood you have the same amount of tear out as you would with the table saw. I am using a combination blade in the saw right now.

-- "Keep Miaking That Sawdust," Lance

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#11 posted 04-02-2008 11:41 PM

I am sure you would get a lot of interest if you did a blog on how you made it & how it works Charger. Great idea & time saver.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 04-03-2008 02:40 AM

Charger, that looks great. As one who primarily uses my shop to make things for my shop, that would make a very impressive addition. I would love to get a set of plans. Do you have the ShopNotes edition number, or have you scanned the plans?

I am now completing my latest workbench (I only have to add the Veritas Twin Screw vise, for which I am awaiting a set of Lee Valley bench bolts), but once that’s done I will need to find another project, and that one looks like a winner. Fabulous job…

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#13 posted 04-03-2008 06:45 PM

Charger, I love it. I could really use a panel saw for my shop. I second the request for info on where to get a plan set.

Do you have any runout info for a 8’ cut on it? Is it as accurate cutting horizontal as vertical?

-- Scott, Camping the "Compact Way",

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#14 posted 07-04-2008 08:48 PM


-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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#15 posted 11-12-2008 05:32 PM

I stopped by your page because your a Central NY’er (I’m a little upstate from you) and my neighborly ways were rewarded when I found this amazing project! I have to cut large sheets all the time to make screen doors out of 3/4 plywood. I needed hubby’s help to cut the first door I attempted. It was so cumbersome and awkward! After that experience, I’ve resorted to buying the sheets individually and asking the lumber yard to cut it for me. This is the answer to my prayers!

-- Robbinscabin,

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