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Well this panel saw was made of 2×2s and 3/4 plywood but it is only 6’ long and 5’ tall so you could call it a mimi panel saw
Jan 06, 2013
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#1 posted 01-06-2013 01:09 PM
Nice looking Panel Saw!
A panel saw is on my veeeeery loooong “to-do” list. Details/pictures of the “saw sled” would be most helpful and appreciated. Perhaps a buld blog could be done?
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?
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#2 posted 01-06-2013 01:30 PM
very nice. I am interested in making one of those also.
-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED!"
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#3 posted 01-06-2013 01:46 PM
That looks very nice and very useful. I struggle with handling 4×8 sheets of plywood. In fact, I just paid to have a local shop cut the 4×8 sheets into 2×4 sheets for a project. $18 for 4 sheets, which I thought was a good deal but that would pay for this project pretty quickly, I’m thinking. Ditto the others in that it would be nice to see a little more detail. Thanks.
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#4 posted 01-06-2013 02:23 PM
GREAT looking and extremely useful. I also wish you blog or make a video on the saw sled and vertical guide details. The type of counter weight used. If detailed plans are available for sale also, I would welcome it.
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#5 posted 01-06-2013 02:32 PM
Thanks every one I been whating one of these my table saw only goes to 30” so I need something to cut all the wired size lumber that I get out of the dumpser at my locel cabinet shop but next Ill take more pic’s but here is what I got on my drawings.
#6 posted 01-06-2013 02:36 PM
David,Thanks for the drawings!!!
Does the saw/sled, just “drop (slide)-in” from the top of the track?
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#7 posted 01-06-2013 02:50 PM
Great job, David. I’ve thought about making one for years…I envy yous.
-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/
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#8 posted 01-06-2013 04:00 PM
I made one of these out of square tube metal. I used commercial grade conduit that was about 3” in diameter for the guide rails. Delron rollers glided on the rail which the saw was attached to. I had a lot of tear out though on the plywood I was cutting. I think it was because of the small vibration from the runners and the distance from the blade to the workpiece. It’s a similar design to a radial arm saw which also leaves some tear out. Are you getting any tear out with your design?
-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.
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#9 posted 01-06-2013 04:33 PM
Looks like you made a great saw. I like the simple design.
On the tear out problem. I have a store bought panel saw and I get tear out. The best solution that I have come up with is to cut the panels a little oversize and trim down on the table saw. I also found that if you slow down the feed rate of the saw the cut is better. I’d like to hear how other people solved this problem.
-- Emmett, from Georgia
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#10 posted 01-06-2013 05:32 PM
Wow David that is very impressive looking.I guess as long s it cuts true ripping and cross cutting it will do you good.Im sure you have tried it out to see how well you did on it. You no where Im at.haha
#11 posted 01-06-2013 05:49 PM
Woody – I did the same thing – cut it big then size it on the table saw. But, on occasion, I would ding the plywood panel by moving the panel on/off of the saw. Usually the edges or the corners when I was handling a large panel alone.
I bought a festool tracksaw which cuts accurately without tear out. Very expensive saw! I found I didn’t use the panel saw much because of the double handling and having the track saw. While I had the panelsaw for 20 years, I recently dis-assembled it to get the space back in the shop.
Not trying to hi-jack the thread. just curious how others have overcome the problems I’ve had.
#12 posted 01-06-2013 09:54 PM
Oh man let me thank there isnt any counter weight and yes it slide’s in from the top and I havent seen any tear out yet but I do clamp it at the top so it dosent move that saw is called a super saw cat and it isnt that light to push up that fast and the nice thing I just take my saw out a hang it on the wall.Oh one other thing it well make a good clamp table for my pockit hole system that I use
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#13 posted 01-06-2013 11:18 PM
Sweet panel saw. You saved a boatload of $$ for making one yourself !
-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once
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#14 posted 01-06-2013 11:40 PM
I saw something like this and it was attached to the celling so that when you aren’t using it you can lift bottom up and lock it up to the ceiling to get it out of the way but this is way cool. Great job and thanks for sharing.
-- Jeff Schnell, Tuckahoe, NJ
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#15 posted 01-07-2013 12:39 AM
hey 6×5 is fine considering 99 percent of what you will ever cut is 4×8 at the most
-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson
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