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    Cutting 4x8 sheets

    Haveing a small shop I can not handle 4x8 sheets of plywood on my table saw. I made a frame of 1x2s and support it on three saw horses. It is screwed down with 2 screws counter sunk to each sawhorse. It makes a nice set up table when not being used for a cutting table. Click image for larger version. 

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    I use a track set up for my cicular saw and have a vacume hose to keep the dust down.Click image for larger version. 

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    I use setup blocks to aline the cut. It may not be as good as Festool but much more easy on the billfold. It is very acurate as long as you measure corectly.
    If you make a mistake it was part of the original plan!

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    Nice! Great solution to a problem many of us have to deal with.
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    Ron,

    That red line cutting guide is very cool! I built a router sled for mine so I could cut dadoes, too. I've built many a cabinet straight and true with that guide!

    I use 2" pink foam insulation underneath the ply... works great.

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    I use 2" pink foam insulation underneath the ply... works great.
    Yep, the foam insulation works great, but I went with blue. Paid a little more, but worth it!

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    Really cool idea. Where did you get the red cutting guide ?
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    Ron, that looks like it works great. Thanks for sharing that. I also use the foam panels but this means I grovel on the floor .

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    I use 2" pink foam insulation underneath the ply... works great.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    Yep, the foam insulation works great, but I went with blue. Paid a little more, but worth it!
    The stuff I use is white so between the two Bills and I, we are very near patriotic in color scheme
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    I"m sure the foam works well, butthis way it is most handy when putting together larg cabinets. as your clamps can fit through the openings.
    If you make a mistake it was part of the original plan!

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    Bob, I got mine from Eagle America. I bought 3 of the 50" ones So I have the long one for ripping the long way on a sheet and the other for cutting across the sheet. Saves a lot of time when switching back and forth. I picked up a thin kurf Diablo blade at one of the woodworking shows that works great with very little fuzz one either side of the cut.
    If you make a mistake it was part of the original plan!

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    I was given the shorter cutting guide as a gift from my son last year for Christmas. I never bought the Power Tool Glide and now it doesn't seem to be available. Anyone know where I might get one?

    Otherwise, I may try to fabricate a suitable substitute that will work with this cutting guide...I really like it. I will probably buy the extension so I can cut the entire length of the plywood sheet.

    Thanks,

    Frank
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    Frank,
    I use a Pos edge model 900 made by Empire Level and available from the orange borg. I think it was about $20. comes in 2 pcs each one is 51" long with a piece to join em together to give you 1`02". It also includes 2 C clamps.
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