Sacrificial cutting platform

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Project by Jeff posted 04-21-2020 11:56 PM 837 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even with outfeed, or side tables on the table saw, for myself large sheet goods are too unwieldy to safely cut and stay against the fence. To manage cutting sheet goods more safely we made a sacrificial platform table.

Utilizing a straight edge, clamps, and a Porta Cable circular saw. This enables us to have better control prior to using the tablesaw.

When in use, the platform is secured on a pair of saw horses.

When not in use, it hangs flat against the ceiling keeping it out of the way.

As clamping to this is easy, we have also used it for assembly of cabinet boxes and such. Plan for safety in your projects, and practice the plan.

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#1 posted 04-22-2020 12:01 AM

Nice work on that table. I’d wished I had one of them many times instead of they way i cut big sheets!!


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#2 posted 04-22-2020 01:49 AM

very similar to what i do,i lay my cutting frame ill call it on saw horses just like you do,then i use a track saw to break down sheet goods.when done i just attach mine to the wall in front of my wifes car out of the way.this is much better than cutting on foam board like many do.

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#3 posted 04-22-2020 02:32 AM

I like the bit about storing it on the ceiling.

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#4 posted 04-22-2020 05:25 AM


That’s a nice base for cutting sheet goods. (I thought I was the only one unable to handle sheet goods without breaking them down because I’m such a weakling.)

I love the storage system for your base. How do you hoist it up?

Adding a sheet of foam insulation could make your sacrificial base a little less sacrificial and could save a little time and $$$ when replacement is necessary.


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#5 posted 04-22-2020 01:27 PM

Wow. That’s a lot prettier than my four 2×4’s on saw horses method. But I don’t have the ceiling height to store something like that.

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#6 posted 04-22-2020 01:48 PM

Neat idea and space saving storage. I was less inventive and bought 2” foam. I am sure yours is flatter than mine though.

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#7 posted 04-22-2020 04:00 PM

Nice Idea. I usually just rest the sheets on my saw horse and just cut through the top of the horse but I have to do full sheets outside. Your approach would allow me do this inside with the frame resting on my out feed table and/or table saw, especially when the weather is not conducive to doing it outside.

Your ceiling storage location made me remember an idea I saw a while back (might have been Woodsmith?) where they made a similar type of cutting frame but attached it to the ceiling on one side so it could fold down. I think it had some fold down legs to extend to the floor so that it was slightly angled There was a ledge somehow that would hold a sheet of plywood so you could breakdown sheets almost like a poor man’s panel saw but it is out of the way when not in use. By having it nearly vertical, it makes it so you don’t have to reach over for long cuts. After seeing yours, I might have to revisit that idea.

EDIT: It was Popular Woodworking

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#8 posted 04-22-2020 04:54 PM

The unit is light enough that my 135 pounds can lift it for one side to rest in mounted cleats (could also use bicycle hooks in ceiling joists), this creates the hinge/pivot point, then swing up the other side to screw hooks.

For me the foam is not rigid enough, and the static charge in the foam dust makes it difficult to clean up. Also that dust doesn’t do well in composting. (sawdust does okay)

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#9 posted 04-22-2020 05:00 PM

My preference is cutting on the flat. Crosscut of large sheets can be done safely, but no support for rip long pieces.

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#10 posted 04-22-2020 06:30 PM

Great idea! Imagine that will last a long time if you don’t set the blade too deep. I’m in the habit now of letting the box store make the first cut. Besides, my truck bed is a lot smaller now.

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#11 posted 04-22-2020 06:44 PM

I used to use similar, but it hardly ever got taken down, so it was a huge floor space thief. Great platforms though.

Right near the end of when I was working trade work I bought one of these, for same purpose. 3 weeks later had open heart surgery. Never did trades work after, but I still have my centipede. For some reason I corral it up after every use, and put it away. Just cut between the support tops, sometimes easier said than done. In that regard the sacrificial support is much better, just start cutting.

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#12 posted 04-24-2020 11:41 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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