Best way I've found for ripping plywood sheets accurately

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Forum topic by getterdun posted 09-19-2012 02:38 PM 2834 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2012 02:38 PM

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I’ve tried various techniques for ripping plywood sheets over the years including ripping on a radial arm saw, ripping with a metal guide clamped to the sheet, and others. But, I finally found what works the most accurately: using the factory edge of another sheet of plywood as a guide for my circular saw. This wasn’t my idea. I got it off the internet sometime back. But, I was so excited about finally getting consistent cuts that I had to share this. As the picture shows, I was able to rip four sheets exactly 11 15/16” using this method. In the past I’d have variances of up to 3/16”. Also note the method for measuring shown in the photo: this is critical to getting consistent strips. I’ve also included a photo showing an easy way for one person to unload the plywood for cutting.

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 04:22 AM

use a chalk line.that works well. hope your not making furniture

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 04:27 AM

Good way to do it. Right off the truck and onto sawhorses or 2×4s
on the ground is a great way to do it. I had this rolling table setup
for awhile and I would back my truck up and wheel the table up,
slide a sheet onto it, cut it into smaller parts, unload the table
and get on to the next sheet. The less you lift and carry full
sheets the better you’ll feel at day’s end.

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