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I have two shop areas, a shed that's jammed, and half my garage for cutting and sizing project material, particularly breaking down sheet goods.

Parked car there means I wind up breaking down sheets either on the truck bed outside (awkward) or on a foam sheet on the garage floor (painful knees and bending). Noticed the frameworks others are using and came up with the design below. Because I'm using bracing and the foam sheet, I could possibly use a thinner ply sheet for the top, maybe with triangles reinforcing corners. The 1 x 4 I will have plenty of strength and a place to clamp. If I use a thicker ply, the openings will also allow some clamping IF I wish. But weight is a consideration.

I could use saw horses (wood or plastic, make fold-down ply legs, or recycle the metal folding legs from a commercially made table. The point is to have something I can fold up and store out of the way, and that was light and strong enough to let me work at a comfortable height with adequate support.

Anyway, here's the bottom view of the design with explanation. I'm fishing for suggestions. I could, of course, simply make a second top for an existing table, , but that would be too easy (LOL).
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Tom, I too am limited for space and always use my truck bed as a way to break down sheet goods. What I have found to be effective is to take two 8-10 foot 2 x 4's and lay them, on the tailgate, across to a couple saw horses that are approximately the same height as my truck. Laying the ply on top of them gives me good support while cutting. I adjust the depth of the cut so as not to go too far into the 2xs. The ply will lay there after the cut and I don't have to bend down to cut or pick up the pieces.
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Every chance I get, I asked the store to cut each sheet at least once. Never had anyone buck up. They all have panel cutting saws and cross cut saws (either radial arm or chop style).

This is working OK for me. Saw horses, 2x4's and the portable tops. See pictures.
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Hi Mike. I'm using a track saw to do the breakdown, and find I need to clamp it down to really trust it. I've used the truck bed in the past, but it's too high for me to safely and comfortably make cuts with the track saw (which I love).

The car lives in half the garage, which floor is the location for laying out the insulation sheet and then cutting the flat goods. So the table is there to support the insulation, keep the goods flat and be at a convenient (pain free) height.

By making the table with folding or easy to use supports, I can just move it into a storage spot, out of the way after pulling the car out. I just can't tolerate sore knees and stretching like mad to reach across the truck bed while standing on a short ladder. I'm getting old (75 in a few weeks), and this might help me get out there more often. Just now, I need to make my wife a large night stand or small dresser, but the thought of kneeling on that cold concrete floor has stopped me, well, cold. I think this table will solve that.

At any rate, i'm fishing for any improvements you can see would make it more workable. For example, could I get away with 2.5 or even 2 inch trusses (lighter)? I'd like to use 1/4 inch ply for the skin (lighter), do you think It will be stiff enough? Or does it really have to be that stiff? Or should I just add more trussing?

What do you think. 25-30 lbs would be my max weight. I'll cut a couple of hand grips on the side so I can lift it easily for moving. Most of my ply is 5x5, but the overhang will make it easier to clamp the track in place. That's my reasoning so far, but Forum members are so sharp I'd be a fool not to ask for feedback.

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Tom I can tell you what I have planned for breaking down ply. It's been a bout 2 months ago I went to the lumber yard and bought 4 sheets of 1/2" and 4 sheets of 3/4" - 3 B baltic birch ply and some other lumber. I like to have material on hand rather than buy a little here and there so I can't leave it on my truck. Besides where I buy lumber they have a $200 min.

I am going to use plastic saw horses and lay a sheet of ply down then a sheet of 1" foam insulation, then lay down the sheet I want to cut. I can't lift any of this ply by myself so my wife will help me. She is very good about helping me lift heavy or akward things. I do help her with house work and any other thing she might want. I hate doing house work but I suck it up and do it.

PS - I did buy a Triton Track saw.
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I'm with Steve (Knot2square) on this...I do the exact same thing...purchase, transport, cut, use...granted, this puts me in a "just in time" environment. I do from time to time buy more than what I need (if it looks good on that trip)

But I don't need to store another bunch of stuff that is equally heavy to move...and I save on the set up time.

You might find this useful...saves on the back no matter the size... https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-...300K/202262083


But I do like your design and would consider it if I had more room...

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Nick, I use them also
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Hi Nick, When the car's in the garage, I have no spare room, but do if I pull the car out. That's why I want to have this thing so I can store it out of the way with some sheet goods against one wall. I'm seriously thinking of repurposed folding legs because conventional saw horses eat a lot of floor space, plus, it's going to be very easy to set up. I think I'm going to go with the quarter inch top. Hopefully it will be stiff enough.

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Hi Nick, When the car's in the garage, I have no spare room, but do if I pull the car out. That's why I want to have this thing so I can store it out of the way with some sheet goods against one wall. I'm seriously thinking of repurposed folding legs because conventional saw horses eat a lot of floor space, plus, it's going to be very easy to set up. I think I'm going to go with the quarter inch top. Hopefully it will be stiff enough.
It won't need much given the superstructure you have planned...I have a bunch of folding horses that work like a champ...Workforce at Lowes...around $18.00...
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Having sheet cut at store works for me so far. 2' cut off top and 16" down the side and it all fits in the Prius. Haven't had a need for longer or wider pieces yet, and can still handle the 3 pieces at (84 in a few weeks Tom) 2 folding plastic sawhorses with 2x4's in the slots leave all the cutting at a comfortable level.
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