Vertical Panel Saw :: 2012
First I cut a sheet of plywood on the table saw, so I have 2 parallel sides. Now comes the tricky bit, how to cut it to length? Without spending about $1800 (minimum) for a professional machine. It is either time to spend a lot of money, or make one for super cheap. Anything in between is going to be a waste of money.
This vertical panel saw only cuts 90 deg. angles – and cost less than $150. It is made out of 1 sheet of construction plywood, 1 sheet of 1/2″ MDF, 1 track with positive stop, 1 length of hose to a vacuum / dust collector, 1 threaded knob & machine screw. In the future I will upgrade the parts of this that wear out – with a metal fence & guide stops.
Operation is simple:
- remove the vertical saw guide
- place the plywood sheet on the bottom fence
- turn on the dust collector, making a vacuum table, holding the plywood in place
- put the vertical circular saw guide on, using the 1/4″ spacers at the top to hang it
- make the cut, turn off vacuum, remove plywood, check for square
This will speed the cabinetry up, and save me a few melt-down moments….