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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!

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You are getting closer and closer to the workings of a CNC router! Take a look at ACME screws for your drive. You can get up to 6' lengths pretty readily. You probably would want some gearing to increase the distance per turn if you are cranking it by hand.

I think for hold downs you could get away with a small number of toggle clamps for the corners. It's not going to take much to keep it in place.

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I was all gung ho to build a panel saw , then I joined here and learned about Track Saws .
Very happy I went with the track saw now , as it’s more versatile and can cut angles , plus it doesn’t take up a lot of room.
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I was all gung ho to build a panel saw , then I joined here and learned about Track Saws .
Very happy I went with the track saw now , as itís more versatile and can cut angles , plus it doesnít take up a lot of room.
But each to his own
I am with you there. A lot of times, I will bring a 4x8 sheet or 3 home. Slide straight on to the saw horses from the truck and rough cut to project pieces with the track saw. No more muscling sheets around the shop. Keeps my Advil cost down.

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I was all gung ho to build a panel saw , then I joined here and learned about Track Saws .
Very happy I went with the track saw now , as it’s more versatile and can cut angles , plus it doesn’t take up a lot of room.
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Yes, angles! That is why I am picturing a turret platform for the saw. It would be maybe 100" and round, and perhaps 2" thick? It would have a zero or true vertical notch or pin hole or something to align it, as well as 45 and 90 degree pins. But it could also be rotated to any angle for a cut. Now this would require the material to lay against a spoil board of some sort so the blade could cut completely through the material, but there are plenty of cheap options for that. Perhaps I could use sheets of thick foam, set against something to hold them in place like a waffle rack. When one "tile" is consumed, it could be replaced cheaply with a new tile.

I do like the track saws. They are easy to set up and apparently give very accurate results. I have two nice table saws, but when I want to cut a 30" x 10' sheet of 3/4" Durasein (The knockoff brand of Corian ) it is too heavy for this old man to muscle around by myself. I purchased 15 sheets of Durian to experiment with, and I am LOVING the results! This is a test piece using a 1/16" two-flute bit with a 611 router.

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I can't wait to try out my 1/32" bits!

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