Basic Panel Saw/Lumber Cart

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Project by Topsailor posted 226 days ago 3024 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a couple quick pictures of the panel saw/plywood storage cart I made while on Christmas break. Simple construction really…I used 2×4’s for the rails and routed 2 3/4” grooves in them that hold the 3/4” mdf panel the saw rides in. The counter weight is made from some pvc I had laying around filled with fishing weights and sand. The panel has shop made hold downs for the saw and the saw can be removed and rotated 90 degrees. From there I can push the plywood through to rip it. However, when I first tried this I used a small scrap of particle board and I believe I tipped is because it came shooting out. I don’t think I’m going to use this feature much since the goal is to be able to crosscut a piece oversized so I can easily take it to my tablesaw and bring it to final dimensions. Believe it or not this thing actually cuts pretty straight. Only about 1/16” difference from top to bottom over a 4 ft cut. The cart is mounted on 6” casters so I can move it around to get plywood in and out and make room for other things. A completely satisfying project that made me literally jump up and down when I finally finished it. Now I don’t have to break out the sawhorses and circular saw and try to line up a straight edge to cut my sheets. Also, it only cost me $50, which included the new ryobi circular saw I put in it.

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#1 posted 226 days ago

JEALOUS is me. I’d love to hear how you constructed it.

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#2 posted 226 days ago

Great idea! I would like some detail on how you did this.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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#3 posted 226 days ago

This is great. i wish I had the room in my shop for one. Maybe someday…. :)

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#4 posted 226 days ago

This is totally on my wish list of things to make.

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#5 posted 226 days ago

Home Depot eat your heart out! Now you never have to wait for that guy to come and cut your boards (why does it always take 20 mins for 1 min cut?)

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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#6 posted 225 days ago

Nicely done! Looks like a nice shop building too. Congrats.

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#7 posted 225 days ago

You did great. Thanks for sharing. I wish I had room for one too.

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#8 posted 225 days ago

Great build…much cheaper than buying one already built. I like the tallness of your shop as well. Since you live in WA (my daughter lives right above you in Kingston) I’m pretty sure you had that coat on for a good reason? We used to live up that way as well.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,



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#9 posted 225 days ago

wonderful panel saw, all would, including the saw carriage and simple groove mechanism for sliding the saw carriage up and down. thanks for sharing. I wish you can sahre your construction details too, thro your blog.


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#10 posted 225 days ago

Thank you all for the encouragement. Yes I was wearing a coat for a reason…my shop as nice as it is, is not insulated yet. I will share the details of the build in my blog.

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#11 posted 224 days ago

Great idea

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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