03:07PM | 03/28/06
Member Since: 02/09/06
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My dad just brought his Craftsman contractor's Tablesaw to my house. I was wondering what types of wood I would be using with this machine. The reason I am asking is because of space reasons. I have a 19x19 garage, and unlike any other garage, it has other items in it that prevents me from using the saw to its fullest potential. Another reason is that the table on the saw is 27W x 42L. What types of wood can I use? Would I be using a 4x8 sheet of plywood most of the time or buying at the biggest, a 2x12 and such? The actual problem is that I am just beginning to get into woodworking and don't have a lot of the equipment to get started, such as clamps, rollers, and things of that sort. I imagine that if I got a lot of those items, I would be able to push a full sheet of plywood across the table. Any information regarding this matter would be greatly appreciated.




07:30PM | 03/28/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
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4x8 sheets of plywood is hard to handle on a contractors saw even with extention table and support stands.

Most basic way to handle full sheets of plywood is to put some scrap 2x4's down on the floor and lay the ply wood on it.

Then take a circular and cut it down to managable size.

And typically you won't be cutting any 2x12's on it either.

For furniture/cabinet work most of it will 1by stock and smaller pieces of plywood.


04:48PM | 04/08/06
Member Since: 11/06/02
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stop at the library to get a book covering shop woodworking tools and tablesaws in specific. You will learn a lot, expand your capabilities, and most likely have a better chance of keeping all ten fingers

Excellence is its own reward!

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