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How to Cut Plywood With A Panel Saw

By Edited May 31, 2015 2 3

Panel Saw
Panel saws are very convenient and efficient if you have a lot of sheet goods to cut. The saws are used primarily by cabinet shops, sign makers and other woodworkers who have a large number of sheets to cut. The saws generally come in two different types, horizontal and vertical. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types. Vertical saws have the advantage of taking up less floor space with most models made for wall mounting. In addition, some smaller vertical panel saws are portable. Horizontal panel saws come with some capabilities that vertical saws do not have but they usually take up more floor space and therefore are not recommended for smaller shops. Each type will operate differently but accomplish the same overall functions. Even among vertical panel saws each model will operate slightly different from others even among the same manufacturer's models. Therefore it is important to read and understand the instructions that come with the model in use. The instructions that follow are general in nature but pertain to most vertical panel saws.

Things You Will Need

Panel saw, Tape measure, Marking pencil, Sharp saw blade

Step 1

Measure and mark the cut line on the sheet good.

Step 2

Place the sheet good in the panel saw per the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3

Shop made panel saw

Depending if you need a long horizontal (length) cut or vertical cut (width), position the saw carriage in the appropriate orientation.

Step 4

Move the saw carriage to the cut line and verify that the saw blade is set to the proper depth.

Step 5

If everything is in its appropriate position, begin the cut and follow through until the cut is complete. The saw carriage will guide the saw to make an accurate, straight cut.

Panel saws are very convenient and efficient if you have a lot of sheet goods to cut. They can range from simple home made units to expensive custom saws.

Tips & Warnings

Panel saws are very convenient and efficient if you have a lot of sheet goods to cut. They can range from simple home made units to expensive custom saws.

If you would like the convenience of a panel saw but do not have the volume to justify paying for a manufactured saw, there are several plans available on the internet for making your own.

Whenever working with tools, safety glasses are recommended. When sawing they should be required. Masks are also recommended to be worn when working with some types of wood to protect your lungs.

Always read and understand the instructions that came with the panel saw before using it.

Working with power tools can be dangerous. Always use caution and pay attention at all times.

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Comments

Jan 21, 2010 5:02pm
ethelsmith
Good tips
Mar 1, 2010 6:34am
Jack_Luca
Excellent tips for using a panel saw.
Apr 24, 2010 9:19am
woodpellet
I appreicate for your effort on the panel saw.
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