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Forum topic by yesIcan posted 04-11-2019 01:00 PM 2747 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2019 01:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sheet goods track saw small shop

For a long time I searched for a better way to break down sheet goods like 4’X8’ plywood. Nothing I tried worked very well and consumed a lot of storage space in my two-car garage workshop. Now I have adapted the Lee Valley Veritas “Panel Platform Kit” (,43455&p=76830) to a simple and inexpensive break-down framework that I designed, finally achieving an efficient solution that can either be utilized on saw horses or on the floor, and then be stored away until needed again in a small space.

This is what the finished cutting platform looks like. (Sometimes I lay it on the floor, in the photo above I have it mounted on Fat Max Stanley adjustable height saw horses.)

I store the complete, broken-down table on a wall rack in a space about 48” X 4” X 10”. (The cutting table platform components are below; sawhorses are stored on the shelf above.) The wood rack shelving that holds the components of the sheet goods cutting platform is mounted high on the wall and out of the way.

This is what the components of the sheet goods cutting platform itself look like stacked and ready to be stored on the shelf.

I label the broken-down parts like this so I can easily reassemble the cutting platform when needed; it takes about five mintues to set up and take down. It consists of two 2X4s, cut in half, each one held together by 24” 1X4s with nuts and bolts. When disassembled, it is 48” long and the width of 2 2X4s and 2 1X4s. The nuts and bolts only need to be finger-tight to be sturdy enough for cutting sheet goods.

All in all, this makes an inexpensive and functional sheet goods cutting platform that really makes using my Makita track saw more efficient and doesn’t take a lot of storage space.

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#1 posted 04-17-2019 12:23 AM

Nice deal.

Back in 2013 when I was still doing contract work I bought a Bora Centipede system..

I bought it, and 3 weeks later I was laying on a table getting my heart rerouted. I haven’t used it much since then, until lately. Drag it out of the canvas bag. Give one end a shake,and it slithers across the floor, shake it again to lock it up. Do your work on it. Later pick up an end, and shake a little harder, and it just comes crawling back to you. It’s putting it back in the bag that is the hardest part. I just leave it out of the bag now.

I’ve only ever thrown sheets of plywood on mine to saw up. Easy sawing, no foam board needed, just saw between the struts, and both the main piece, and the offcut are well supported. Simple to use by myself.

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#2 posted 07-11-2019 10:48 PM

yesIcan, I’d like to use your design for a cutting platform. It’s an elegant setup. Could you provide a little more detail? The instructions at the Veritas site show the platform base as (2) 8 foot 1×3’s. Your design uses (4) 4 foot 2×4’s. How do you connect the 4’ sections to get an 8’ platform base? The Veritas kit only has saddles for 1×3’s. Did you also buy 2×4 saddles? Thanks.

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#3 posted 07-11-2019 11:09 PM

The Veritas saddles accomodate 1-by material for the cross members. Veritas recommends 1X3’s, but 1X4’s worked better for my purpose. Veritas recommends using 8’ 1-by material for the base as well, and that will work fine if you just plan to lay the whole thing on the floor every time. But I wanted something that I can use on sawhorses. So I attached the Veritas saddles to 2X4s and used 1X4’s for the cross members. Storing 8’ long 2X4’s is a problem in a small shop, so I cut the two 8’ 2X4s in half and use 2’ long 1X4 material with holes bored for bolts to secure the two pieces together when I’m using it. (See the 4th photo.) Since all of the components are 4” stock, they stack together neatly. I wrap them with a velcro strap for storage. (See the 2nd photo.) It works great for me either on the floor or on sawhorses. Let me know if I haven’t explained something well enough.

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#4 posted 07-12-2019 01:16 PM

I just throw four 2×4’s on saw horses. I made a short video about it.

Quick summary: Easy to store the 2×4’s. Cheaper than most other systems. Gets panel off the floor for us people with bad backs.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#5 posted 07-13-2019 05:03 PM

A table capable of being used to cut 4/8 sheets need not be 4×8. A 3×6 table is adequate for breaking down sheet goods. Just nail together 2×4’s to make a 3×6 ladder grid. When not in use, just lean it up against a wall in a corner.

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#6 posted 07-13-2019 11:10 PM

I’ve tried several options over the years, but now I typically just back my truck up to the shop door and cut the sheets down as I pull them off. If I’m cutting for a specific project I just lay out carefully and use my cutting guides; otherwise, I just cut 4×8 sheets in half (my sheet storage are can hold 5×5 easily).

-- PPBart

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