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    Plans for a Panel Saw

    While I was in the local grocery store, I noticed a new edition of Shop Notes. They had plans for a shop built panel saw. I know that this concept is not a new one, but their plans looked rather detailed.
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.
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    I got one here at home...a Shop Notes Mag from 14 months ago (I read it while I was in the hospital waiting for Alyson to decide to emerge) that had a Panel saw in it. It was very detailed and had a deep laundry list of hardware that you needed for it.

    Now I am a Fabricator/Machinist so I tend to look at things a bit differently than most...but at work we have a few panels saws and they look like they would be easy to build. Even the expensive ones use simple guides and bearings to get them to cut.

    On a side note, my father made one out of 2x4's and OSB plywood that looks absuletly awful, but works. It has two modes to it. Use it as he has it and it is great for getting the plywood chopped down to size so it is manageable on the tablesaw for more accurate cutting. Or you can fuss with it a bit, clamp things with clamps and precision, and make a good cut with the skillsaw.

    About the only problem with these rigs...my Dad's included...is that they take up some serious shop space. Space I don't have.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Thanks Travis, I was just going to dig through my pile of shopnotes and find that issue. I know that most of the mags are forced to recycle basic and not so basic plans, but 14 months is a little short for the same project again isn't it?
    My shopnotes subscription just ran out, I'll go take a look and see if the rest of the issue is worthwhile.
    -Ned

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    Ned I bought that magazine in the month of July 2006, on the 18th to be exact. I remember because that was when Alyson was born. That Mag had two projects in it that I liked. The first was the panel cutter, and the second was of a shoulder plane. I loosely based my home-made shoulder plane off that design.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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