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I'm sharing this thread because it contains to much innovative DIY info.

What you see described is an overhead panel cutting rig. But further down,
the rig is adapted for use with a router.

While the audio gadgets may not hold much interest here, the invention of machine tools made with common found materials was, for me, impressive.

It's given here as an idea starter for others.
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The Triton workcentre especially when fitted with the Triton saw has served me well since 2000. For the few times that I use a 1200 x 2400mm (4' x 8') panel, I clamp an aluminium straight edge whilst it's on a couple of saw horses and cut it with my $A20.00 circular saw, then using the same straight edge run a router along the edge with a straight cutter. this leaves a perfectly smooth edge, smoother than a saw blade and it really doesn't take long.

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http://users.bigpond.net.au/ggoodacr.../sawtable.html

I'm sharing this thread because it contains to much innovative DIY info.

What you see described is an overhead panel cutting rig. But further down,
the rig is adapted for use with a router.

While the audio gadgets may not hold much interest here, the invention of machine tools made with common found materials was, for me, impressive.

It's given here as an idea starter for others.
Hi Loninappleton: Boy, that handle's a mitfull to type.

Getting back to your article above. On the large scale, you have the gantry section of a Computer Numerically Controlled router. It is a copy of panel saws used in big box stores. This one is missing the registration points.

To reduce the size to something more managable, you might try skis. Size wise, they're quite a step down but control and precision goes up.

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I've gotten material from the panel saws at HD-- not as a bad job as some have complained about. But realistically those jobs have to be recut for precision measurement.

Working from the topside would seem to be an advantage for production work.

In my small workspace I use straightedge often.
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I love it when people are industrious enough to find a diy solution to a problem without feeling they have to run out and buy a half baked solution.

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Lovely Jig, If I had the space I would have make one
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interesting piece but who really has enough space for something like that?? vertical panel saw are vertical for a reason!
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Excellent idea.

We can always make a smaller version if we do not have big enough space.

It is horizontal because, the router can be used to route & plane the musical instrument surface. It is not just another "panel saw".


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