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Tips for cutting large panels using either a portable saw and saw guide or a modified table saw.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Jul-Aug 1988 (v.4#3) pg. 6

Two-step method for cutting plywood without splintering the bottom edge.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #14 May-Jun 1990 pg. 10

This wooden straightedge for a portable circular saw will help prevent splintering when cutting plywood.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #19 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 12

Easily made and easily disassembled particleboard stands are used to support sheets of plywood when sawing with a portable circular saw.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #27 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 14

Temporary guide bar is used to crosscut a full-sheet of plywood using a table saw.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #28 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 14

Tip on cutting 4x8 plywood panels and other large sheet goods on a table saw.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #53 Aug 1996 pg. 10

Lattice-style rack for cutting sheet materials with a portable circular saw.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #56 Dec 1996 pg. 30

Crosscut a large panel on a table saw by clamping a temporary guide (fence) to the bottom of the panel which rides against the left edge of the saw table.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #75 Oct 1999 pg. 14

Reversible rack for cutting full-size sheets of plywood with a portable circular saw. One side is for crosscutting and the other is for ripping.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #80 Jun 2000 pg. 11

Rack for cutting sheet goods with circular saw consists of 1x3s tacked to sawhorses.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Summer 2001 (v.24#9) pg. 43

Portable jig to cut 4'x8' panels with a portable circular saw.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1980 (v.3#8) pg. 4

Plywood cutting jig. A large triangular frame is used with a portable circular saw to make 90-degree cuts across the 4-ft. width of a sheet of plywood.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Oct 1983 (v.7#1) pg. 8

Tip: How to accurately cut plywood panels using a portable circular saw, straight edge, and a simple template.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1987 (v.11#3) pg. 6

Handy work table to build for use when cutting or sanding large sheets of plywood.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #199 May-Jun 1979 (v.29#5) pg. 48

Tip: Build a temporary workbench from cardboard boxes when you need to cut full-size sheets of plywood with a portable circular saw.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #286 Feb 1988 (v.38#2) pg. 84

Cut large sheets of plywood quickly and accurately with this easy-to-make fence for your portable circular saw. Make the edge really straight and smooth by finishing with a router trimming bit.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #290 Jul-Aug 1988 (v.38#6) pg. 6

Cutting plywood and other 4x8 sheets with a portable circular saw. Tips on cutting guides, avoiding splintering, etc.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #305 Feb 1990 (v.40#2) pg. 31

Tip on using masking tape to prevent splintering when crosscutting plywood.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #348 May 1994 (v.44#5) pg. 18

Cross-cutting plywood using multiple passes of a router will produce a perfect edge every time.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #351 Sep 1994 (v.44#8) pg. 42

Prevent tear-out when crosscutting plywood on a table saw by first making a shallow scoring cut.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #351 Sep 1994 (v.44#8) pg. 47

Tip tells how to use rigid foam insulation as a cutting support for full sheets of plywood.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #372 Oct 1996 (v.46#9) pg. 72

How to use styrofoam as a support when cutting a 4x8-ft. panel.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #381 Sep 1997 (v.47#8) pg. 77

Splinter-free plywood cutting on a circular saw (table saw).
FAMILY HANDYMAN #381 Sep 1997 (v.47#8) pg. 84

Cutting plywood panels with a portable circular saw. Some tips.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #384 Dec 1997-Jan 1998 (v.48#1) pg. 8

Crosscutting veneered plywood. Three ways to produce splinter-free edges. (1) Circular saw method. (2) Table saw with scoring cut. (3) Router with fence board.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #393 Nov 1998 (v.48#10) pg. 80

Cutting against the grain. Simple techniques that will help make smooth cross-grain cuts in plywood or veneer.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #76 Aug-Sep 1992 pg. 63
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 10

Folding cutting table. A simple rack built from 2x2 lumber, supports large sheets of plywood for cross cutting or ripping with a portable power saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 16

Easily made guides allow for accurate ripping or cross cutting of large sheets of plywood with a portable circular saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 20

Tip: How to rip panels that are too wide for the rip fence on your table saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #28 May-Jun 1981 pg. 20

Shop-built panel saw cuts plywood sheets. The frame is made from stock hardware such as angle-iron, electrical conduit, steel tubing, etc. Incorporates a 7" portable circular saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #33 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 90

Making a panel saw. Build a large (4x8-ft) table top for a small circular saw. Equip it with a "Biesemeyer" fence for accurate cutting of large panels (sheets of plywood).
FINE WOODWORKING #51 Mar-Apr 1985 pg. 68

Cutting sheet goods down to size. Commercial and shop built rigs for sawing and routing large panels.
FINE WOODWORKING #95 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 82

Shop-built panel saw uses EMT pipe (electrical conduit) for the sliders and rails.
FINE WOODWORKING #105 Mar-Apr 1994 pg. 20

Tip on locating the exact cutting line to score with a knife to prevent chipout when cutting expensive plywood on a table saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #106 May-Jun 1994 pg. 22

Guide for routing dadoes (or cross cutting panel with a portable circular saw) uses a base that rides in the channel track found on a "Clamp 'N Guide" straightedge.
FINE WOODWORKING #113 Jul-Aug 1995 pg. 18

Tip for supporting the cutoff from a sheet of plywood when crosscutting using a portable circular saw and straightedge.
FINE WOODWORKING #120 Sep-Oct 1996 pg. 12

Simple fixtures raise a plywood panel above the top of a table saw to facilitate making a scoring cut prior to making the crosscut.
FINE WOODWORKING #124 May-Jun 1997 pg. 28

Simple jig for cutting sheet goods with a portable circular saw is made from plywood with an attached straightedge to guide the saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #126 Sep-Oct 1997 pg. 30

A game plan for big cabinet jobs. Good shop drawings, the right materials, and accurate machine setups are the keys to success. Includes a table saw jig and procedure to guarantee that plywood is cut square.
FINE WOODWORKING #127 Nov-Dec 1997 pg. 82

A guide to how some two-man jobs can be done by one. Includes (1) lifting a 4x8 sheet of plywood to a roof, (2) carrying a 4x8-foot sheet, (3) nailing long boards, (4) measurements beyond a tape's ability to stay rigid, and (5) cutting sheets of plywood.
HOME MECHANIX #685 May 1985 (v.81) pg. 92

Tip: Use cardboard cartons as sawhorses when cutting large sheets of plywood and paneling.
HOMEOWNER May 1988 (v.13#4) pg. 68

Tip: How to make a simple guide for cutting large pieces of plywood with a portable power saw.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1979 (v.7#1) pg. 11

Table sawing of wide panels is assisted by attaching a guide strip to the bottom of the panel which then rides in the miter gauge slot.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1977 (v.148#2) pg. 112

Make your own 8-ft. long straightedge guide for a portable saw. Make from lauan plywood. Use it to cut 4x8 plywood panels.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1982 (v.158#6) pg. 97

Two plywood-cutting jigs you can build for making the initial rip in a 4x8 plywood sheet using a portable circular saw. (1) Crosscutting jig. (2) Adjustable parallel supports.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1983 (v.159#3) pg. 65

Modify a pair of sawhorses to let you cut large sheets of plywood without a helper.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1983 (v.159#4) pg. 20

Saw guide for cutting large panels with a portable circular saw.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1965 (v.187#4) pg. 144

Upside-down panel saw uses a portable electric handsaw to cut 4x8-ft. plywood sheets in any direction with a 9 ft. long kerf. Est. cost: $65.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1966 (v.189#5) pg. 150

Two racks for holding 4x8 sheets of plywood or hardboard while you cut them. One is a simple easel-style cutting rack. The second is a castered cutting rack that incorporates a storage rack for dimension lumber.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1979 (v.214#3) pg. 184

Make yourself a panel saw to cut 4x8-ft. sheets of plywood both horizontally and vertically using your portable circular saw.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1987 (v.231#6) pg. 78
Added Info POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1988 (v.232#3) pg. 4
Added Info POPULAR SCIENCE May 1988 (v.232#5) pg. 4

Tip on using a simple U-clamp to keep the cut from separating and/or binding when cutting large sheets of plywood or hardboard.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #87 Nov 1995 (v.15#3) pg. 8

Three jigs for a portable circular saw. (1) Panel jig. (2) Straight edge. (3) Crosscut frame.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Mar 1989 (v.4#2) pg. 80

Shop-built panel saw allows precision crosscutting and ripping of large sheet goods. Cutting is done with a 7.25" portable circular saw attached to a sliding carriage the runs on two carefully aligned guide tubes.
SHOPNOTES #4 Jul 1992 (v.1) pg. 16

Using two sawhorses and four pipe clamps to fully support a full sheet of plywood when crosscutting using a portable circular saw.
SHOPNOTES #10 Jul 1993 (v.2) pg. 28

Tips for working with plywood. (1) Cutting guide. (2) Foam insulation keeps blade from cutting into floor. (3) Gluing edging strips. (4) Deep rabbet to permit centering of screw. (5) Reducing chipout. (6) Flush trimming.
SHOPNOTES #27 May 1996 (v.5) pg. 14

Rip fence extension for a table saw provides added guidance when ripping a full sheet of plywood.
SHOPNOTES #36 Nov 1997 (v.6) pg. 4

Cutting plywood panels down to size. Looks at rough cuts and final cuts using a portable circular saw, table saw, and router.
SHOPNOTES #42 Nov 1998 (v.7) pg. 10

Tilt-out panel cutting guide. This wall-mounted unit for cutting sheet goods lets you make accurate rip cuts or cross cuts using a portable circular saw which is guided by 2 movable fences.
SHOPNOTES #48 Nov 1999 (v.8) pg. 6

Tip on cutting full sheets of MDF using a portable circular saw and simple straightedge.
SPEAKER BUILDER 5/1991 [Oct 1991] (v.12#5) pg. 58

How to discover and correct un-square particle board panels using a tape measure, twine, carpenter's square, and portable circular saw.
SPEAKER BUILDER 1/1992 [Jan 1992] (v.13#1) pg. 58

Tip on cutting veneered particle board without splintering the veneer.
SPEAKER BUILDER 2/1992 [Apr 1992] (v.13#2) pg. 38

Tip on making and using a panel gauge when cutting panels on a table saw.
SPEAKER BUILDER 4/1992 [Jul 1992] (v.13#4) pg. 57

How to cut plywood and other veneered boards with a circular saw blade to eliminate splintering.
SPEAKER BUILDER 3/1994 [Apr 1994] (v.15#3) pg. 45

Laying out and cutting panel goods (MDF, plywood, etc.) using a portable circular saw.
SPEAKER BUILDER 7/1995 [Oct 1995] (v.16#7) pg. 30

Tip shows how to make a straight cut in paneling using a sabre saw.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #819 Oct 1997 (v.93) pg. 26

Straightedge jig makes it easier to route and rip panels accurately.
WOOD MAGAZINE #41 Feb 1991 (v.8#2) pg. 16

Tip suggests cutting panel goods on a deck (with the circular saw blade going into the spaces between boards).
WOOD MAGAZINE #50 Feb 1992 (v.9#2) pg. 14

Fold-out work supports for use when cutting bulky pieces of sheet goods.
WOOD MAGAZINE #63 Sep 1993 (v.10#6) pg. 23
Correction WOOD MAGAZINE #68 Feb 1994 (v.11#2) pg. 8

Cut large panels safely using this sheet goods support rack that rests on top of two sawhorses. Use a portable circular saw to do the cutting.
WOOD MAGAZINE #72 Sep 1994 (v.11#6) pg. 98

Knock-down cutting platform for large large panel goods is made from notched plywood stringers (4"x96) which won't bend under the load.
WOOD MAGAZINE #130 Feb 2001 (v.18#1) pg. 22
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #136 Oct 2001 (v.18#7) pg. 16 (Fold-up version)

Tip: Make a "shooting board" which guides a portable circular saw when making long cuts on a sheet of plywood or paneling.
WOODSMITH #13 Jan 1981 pg. 3

Tip: Place plywood on top of Styrofoam bead board when cutting with a portable circular saw.
WOODSMITH #62 Apr 1989 pg. 3

Tip for reducing splintering of the bottom veneer when cross-cutting plywood.
WOODSMITH #73 Feb 1991 pg. 18

Cutting plywood panels at an angle to create more interesting grain patterns.
WOODSMITH #80 Apr 1992 pg. 16

Jigs for cutting large sheets of plywood. (1) Portable circular saw guide. (2) T-square router guide. (3) A-frame support for use with a portable circular saw.
WOODSMITH #82 Aug 1992 pg. 18

Tip on cutting an angle across a glued-up panel or sheet of plywood by using a saber saw and then cleaning up the cut with a router.
WOODSMITH #92 Apr 1994 (v.16) pg. 16

Panel ripping jig for cutting a full sheet of plywood down to size with a circular saw.
WOODSMITH #107 Oct 1996 (v.18) pg. 34

Dual-use straightedge will guide either a portable circular saw or a router. Useful when cutting panel goods.
WOODSMITH #123 Jun 1999 (v.21) pg. 28

Wooden T-square jigs for guiding your router or circular saw when dadoing or cross-cutting a wide panel.
WOODWORK #7 Fall 1990 pg. 26

The Saturday-morning panel saw. Guide for crosscutting plywood panels up to 27" wide with a portable circular saw is made from an old door, aluminum extrusions, wood scraps and miscellaneous hardware.
WOODWORK #13 Jan-Feb 1992 pg. 47

Framework of 1x6 pine supports a 4x8-ft. sheet of plywood for cutting with a portable circular saw.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1989 (v.13#3) pg. 58

Panel saw is made from a frame with a track for mounting a portable cut-off.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1970 (v.26#4) pg. 31

Pattern for a portable panel saw.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1982 (v.38#1) pg. 67

Shop-built panel saw extends only 18" from the wall and makes quick work of cutting plywood panels. Lets you rip, crosscut or miter large panels. Incorporates a permanently-mounted portable circular saw.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1990 (v.46#5) pg. 48

Tip on how to cut plywood without the face layer splintering.
WORKBENCH Oct 1997 (v.53#5) pg. 12