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Forum topic by AKWoody posted 01-26-2010 07:37 AM 1078 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2010 07:37 AM

Well the time has come to start cutting sheet goods on my TS. I have an outfeed table, and my saw is correctly set up. I have all my sheet goods broken down to 4×4 pieces at the panel saw before I come home. What safety considerations are there for ripping/cutting large pieces of heave plywood such as these? I am building some shop cabinets so a circular saw with guide wont cut it this time.

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 05:11 PM

Insure you place the factory edge against the fence. cut your largest pieces first. Good side up on the TS. You could do a scoring cut first. Prevents or minimizes tear out on the back.
My method is to use the circ saw and guide to get within 1/8 of finished size, then use the TS. 3/4X4X4 is still kinda unwieldy.
Use a pusher for pieces less than 4” wide, never reach over the blade…even with a guard. AWAYS insure blade to fence alignment each time you move the fence. Binding can be very dangerous.
Good luck and happy saw dust.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 06:15 PM

keep it pushed up against the fence so it makes a straight cut…jus the weight of the board can make it slide off the fence especially if theres not much support under the board

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 06:19 PM

I usually rip it in half first and then cross cut. It all depends on your lay out.

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 07:21 PM

4’x4’??? That sure makes for a lot of waste building cabinets.

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 06:11 AM

I did not produce a cut list before buying some plywood, I am sure to be wasting a lot of wood on this project. Oh well, it is a learning experience. I dont have any way to transport full sheet goods from the store to my shop, working on fixing that. I am going to take Genes advice and cut with the circular saw to about an 1/8th of an inch and go form there.

Hello Dan, fellow Alaskan here, Anchorage.

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 07:51 AM

Hey AkWoody! Glad you are home. I’m sure you’ll find something to do with the drop. I cosscut all mine with a circlesaw and a crosscut square. One of these days I’ll build a panel saw.

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#7 posted 02-04-2010 01:27 AM

The first thing I would build is a “courtesy table” (Don’t know why they’re called that). It’s a table that is the same height as your table saw that fulfills much the same job as an outfeed table. You use it on the side of the table saw to support wide pannels and in front of the table saw to support long pannels.
Mine is 18” wide and 3’ long. It is surfaced with a laminate so the wood slides easily. It is the perfect second set of hands.

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#8 posted 02-04-2010 02:34 AM

Before you start cutting anything, lower the blade on your TS and set the fence for the narrowest cut you plan to make. With the saw OFF, make a couple of practice passes and see how comfortable it is as you handle the piece, begin a cut hold it against the fence as you move thru the cut, and clear the saw when you finish the cut.,

Anywhere that feels awkward needs some rethinking before you fire up the saw with the blade raised.

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