Sheet Goods Cutting Jig

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Project by TaybulSawz posted 10-29-2013 10:37 PM 3541 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was always struggling cutting my Plywood sheets down to size soooo… I built this folding Platform.

Materials. 1 – 8’ 2’ x 8” and 1 – 8’ x 2’ x 4”
14 -2” x 5/16” Round Head bolts
14 – 5/16” washers
14 – 5/16” nylock nuts
4 – 1 1/2” Hinges
2 – Empty dishwashing Plastic Bottles

Rip 5 – 8’ x 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” pieces from the 2” x 8” and 2 – 8’ x 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” pieces from the 2” x 4”. Cross Cut 3 of the pieces into 4’ sections. this will make the top. Cross cut the remaining two pieces into 4 – 37” x 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” pieces for the legs. Use a 1” Spade bit to counter sink (3/4” deep) 10 holes in the designated locations (see drawing below) on both the 8’ and 4’ pieces. Drive the Bolts in the 4’ pieces. Cut 28 – 1 1/2” Plastic washers from the Empty bottles and drill or cut 5/16” holes in the centers. Place 2 washer on each bolt, between the top and bottom pieces. Attach the 8’ long pieces using the nylock nuts and washers. For the legs, cut a 15° angle on one end of each leg. Attach the Hinges to the Long pieces 18” in from each end. Attach the cross pieces to the legs, 6” up from the bottom. Once set up I set the plywood sheet on top, Place my circular saw guide, set the saw 1/16” deeper than the plywood thickness and SAW AWAY. When done, I fold it up and store it in the rafters of my shop.


I’ll post an actual pic the next time I get it out. It’s 19° in Tulsa this morning. It will have to wait till it gets a bit warmer.

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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#1 posted 10-29-2013 11:13 PM

Cool, I’d like to build something like this, thanks for sharing.
Will look for a photo of the actual jig,

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 10-29-2013 11:27 PM

Neat idea for folding?

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 06:02 PM

Do the wood pieces get cut partially through when making your cuts. In other words, are they designed to be sacrificial?

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 06:39 PM

Another swap coming up if y’all are interested…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 01:49 AM

Yes but…If you set your saw depth to about 1/16th more than the material being cut you get an added benefit. Not only does it not damage the platform very much, it also leaves a very clean cut. I always use blue tape on the top to prevent splintering a tear out as well on the topside even though I always cut with the good side down as should be done.

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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