Home Brew Panel Saw Ideas?
Okay ... so ... I procrastinate!
SEVEN years ago, I bought the components needed to build a large panel saw. I have the shiny polished slide tubes, the saw sled, the router sled, and some other components. I just have not taken the time to actually build the thing.
So it is on my “To Do” list for this Spring. Any suggestions? It is a long rail, 110” long. So when it is finally set up, it will be able to rip a 4x8 sheet vertically.
But I am like Tim Allen, and the character he plays on Home Improvement. I want to make it bigger, and better, and arg arg arg!
So I am considering a frame that will allow the saw to cut either vertically or horizontally, such that the whole thing would lay over like a table.
I have not selected a saw for it yet either. Suggestions? I want something powerful and able to handle thicker materials. I am even considering a carousel table so the material could be rotated around on the flat surface under the rail to slice up a sheet in any direction needed.
Since it is so large, there would need to be a drive chain or worm gear for it. I could not reach across such a large surface. Suggestions? LINKS?
What about hold downs for the material? Can you suggest pneumatic or electric hold downs I can incorporate into the design? Or would a vac table work better?
I would of course want to run a router on this thing also. I have a Bosch 2.25. HP. Router. That would work well I believe.
I would appreciate all input from you PROS!
Last edited by The Hobbyist; 01-13-2020 at 03:51 PM.