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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 05:03 PM

The onsite fab adds a layer of complication because you don’t have access to the accuracy of stationary equipment. I would do all I could to pre-cut, fit and dry assemble in the shop before a dust free assembly on site. The customers respond very favorably to a craftsman with the skill to fabricate off site and assemble a precision fit keeping their site clean and available to them until day of installation. They also appreciate the quick turnaround of their space that way.
Pushing a circular saw across a laminate or veneered surface is a night mare waiting to happen, mostly due to chip out. If you can control that, then it will just be a bad dream. Been there, done that. High risk of taking regretable shortcuts.

Having said that, and determining that there is just no way to preassemble, I would bring my Festool saws (plunge and sabre), guide and some masking tape. Lacking that I would bring a router with a bearing bit to trim the fitted joint. The router approach almost guarantees a chip free joint. Festool has excellent dust collection capabilities.

No special tips on layout, just the usual careful measuring, drawings or templates, or story sticks.

Don’t know how to be more helpful given this (lack of) detail, but will respond to more questions.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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