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#1 posted 04-09-2010 09:19 PM

One thing I have found that does work for me if I decide to cut first is to make sure they are rough cut (oversize). Example would be ripping plywood down to a manageable size that can be re-cut on the table saw for a more accurate dimension.

Now I can see if I was doing this for a living, creating the same thing in a production atmosphere as Kent Shepherd mentioned.

Derek Lyons I see your point and that makes sense as well. You want to make sure that the front back or sides match when making a box or cabinet.

Looking at some other plans I see around my shop and wood working magazines, they all say the same thing, cut all pieces to length or something to that effect. A little common sense to me is that you cut as you go because like Cozmo35 mentioned, the “patterns,” or plans are not always correct.

I did run into an issue with cutting a hexagon pattern in the past that would have taken the same width, length and thickness of boards all around it but after careful setup and cutting I found out that I ended up with a hexagon that had uneven edges. Some at 5-1/2” some at 5-1/4” and some at 6”. Apparently I did not have things set up properly on that one. But if I had followed the plan, I would have cut the boards for the sides and they would have been wasted as far as the width was concerned.

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