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    Cutting plywood, good face up or down?

    I'm gonna be cutting some plywood soon and from google I got different answers as to putting the good side up or down when cutting it. I'll be cross cutting it with a skil saw and then ripping on the table saw.

    What do you all do? Good side up or down?
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    jeff you want to cut it good side down with a skill saw in my book unless you have a zero insert type skill saw like the festool, the ripping on the table saw would be good side up.. you want the teeth pulling the fibers into the wood for best cut side not pulling the out.. but you could use a table saw for the crosscutting as well with help of another person
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    I agree with Larry. I also put tape on the where the cut will be. I find it helps with tear out, although I have had some disagree with me on that. It works for me. Plus, the sharpest, best blade I have. There are also those that will promote using only rip and cross-cut blades, I can't afford all those blades so I use my best combo blade.
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    Thanks Larry That's what I thought but read some conflicting things last night while googling. Thought about doing the crosscutting on the TS, but not sure when I'd have help to do it and I'd have to move a bunch of stuff to make room too. I made a "track" for the crosscuts out of some hardboard and ply to hopefully get some good straight cuts.
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    Thanks Paul, I have a brand new 40 tooth blade for the skil saw and a good 40 tooth in the TS so I'm hoping both will do well. I think I'll give it a go without tape and if there is some tear out, try some tape.
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    Another thing you can do is use the tape & then with a straight edge clamped to the sheet pre-score the cut line with a sharp utility knife.
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    Bart, thanks for that as well.
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    Tape works well, but be careful removing it. It can tear fibers out, defeating the purpose.

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    Yep Bob I saw that you should pull the tape towards where the cut edge and down when removing it so you don't pull the veneer fibers up from the inner play parts.
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    Good side down with the skilsaw. Up with tablesaws!
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