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William Shelley

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 10:03 PM

Wow, thanks for all the replies. It appears that the “circular saw plus guide / jig” method is the most common. I did not know about the track saws less than $500 (for example the Grizzly unit).

I do often have home depot break down sheets for me to rough dimensions however my luck is pretty bad. I recently bought a sheet of 1/4” ply to use for drawer bottoms and asked the employee to cut it into four 2×4 pieces, then I said “wait, can you cut to within 1/8th of an inch?” and she said yes not a problem, so I said “ok, 23 7/8 each” ... I measured them afterwards and she had cut three at between 24 1/8” and 24 1/2” somehow. So I don’t necessarily want to rely on unskilled operators.

I still feel like I could assemble some panel-saw-esque device for even less than the cost of the Grizzly track saw though…. I’ll keep you guys posted.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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