Building a Panel Saw

There is no doubt that table saw help a lot in many project. However, several cases might require a lot of cutting with wider board, something that could be difficult to be completed on the table. To do this job, it is better to have a panel saw. This complex tool will help the carpenter to cut horizontally.

Stocking Materials

What does a carpenter need to start the project? Materials. For the panel saw, make sure to purchase the wood with two different thicknesses. The recommended ones are 18mm and 9-12mm boards. Ask for half board for each type. It is better to have spare boards in hand.

The other materials are hinges, screws, wood glue, toggle clamp and candle wax. Just in case the carpenter needs to borrow some tools, make sure to check these equipments: circular saw, drill, wrench and right angle set square.

Building Frame

The frame size is up to the carpenters, but the standard one is around 2m tall and 1.2m wide. For the frame, pick the thick pine (75×80 cm) instead of the thin one. Looking at the standard size, don’t forget to cut 2 pieces for each side. If needed, the middle should be supported as well.


Apply glue to prevent twisting accident. Tighten the corner with chisel. Don’t forget to screw the frame together.  Give horizontal spine as well.

Setting the Cutting Board

For the cutting process, it is very important to check the saw blade. Make sure it is lined up with the base. How to check this? Take a look at the front blade to the outer side of the plate. Next, check the rear blade distance to the base plate. If this is too much, then use ruler to make a line. Try to make it as close as possible. Don’t forget to set the angle to 90 degree to the base.


Aligning Caddy Runner

The “runner” is actually a straight piece of pine placed along the top to the bottom. It should be long enough for the caddy to glide. Check again the angle; it should be 90 degree, no more no less. Then attach the end of caddy guide at the corner. Start off from one side first before moving to the other one. Screw it.

A smart wood maker should be able to find the most effective way to deal with the complicated problem. For the troublesome cutting, they could utilize panel saw. It requires less energy but sharp result. Is there any reason to delay the project?