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#1 posted 01-23-2014 11:47 PM

If you’re making cabinets that are 24” or less deep then I would recommend what I do. I break down large sheets on my sheet goods cutoff table, making the pieces slightly oversize (to deal with slightly out of square). These pieces are then ripped to depth on the TS – now you have two edges parallel to each other. I then use a 24” deep crosscut sled, which has been aligned to be perfectly 90 degrees to the TS blade/miter slot. I crosscut the third edge, just to square it up, and then cut the fourth and final edge to final length using the parallel edges as reference.

Assuming you make your crosscut sled so the blade just fits in the sliding surface, then you’ve got a zero clearance slot to reduce tearout on your crosscuts (you won’t get this with just a circular saw and single sided guide).

The reason I mention 24” limit is that a deeper crosscut sled gets pretty unwieldy and you might want to look into a sliding top for your TS or full blown panel cutter instead.

If you want to look at my sheet goods cutting setup, I’ve recently posted it in the comments section of my Workshop…


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