A Table Saw Trick So Crazy, It's Genius!

A Table Saw Trick So Crazy, It's Genius!

Table saw too small to break down large sheet goods? You don’t have to have an expensive track saw or a DIY circular saw guide. Just use this trick to break down your materials.


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  1. Macedo Ruiz on October 19, 2022 at 3:27 am

    Ever heard of a panel saw? Fits up against the wall of a small shop. It will square any plywood with minimal effort. Takes up hardly any room. Used one for years. Never have to lift a sheet of plywood more than 1 ft off the floor on edge , cross cut or rip.

  2. Keith Alleman on October 19, 2022 at 3:27 am

    Look at that big badass tablesaw. Couldn’t do that big.

  3. Bill Bransco on October 19, 2022 at 3:27 am

    This trick is so crazy, it’s GENIUS!!!!

  4. Leo Rodrigues on October 19, 2022 at 3:28 am

    Love the simplicity of the idea

  5. John Shit on October 19, 2022 at 3:29 am

    Build yourself a panel saw it will fit up against the wall and it the best way to cut sheet good also you build a router into it, the table saw was never meant to cut big 4 x 8 sheets of plywood

  6. Southern E-biking on October 19, 2022 at 3:30 am

    Great idea. To take it even one step further you might let the straight edge go out a little further in the front side of the fence as well engaged before you come to the blade. Great hack though

  7. Joseph Coleman シ on October 19, 2022 at 3:33 am

    yeah whatever..i’m clamping a straight edge on my Makita and getting the same edge

  8. Greg Bowden on October 19, 2022 at 3:34 am

    Too long.

  9. Rick Everett on October 19, 2022 at 3:35 am

    a longer (straigh) rip board will improve accuracy

  10. Norman Sidey on October 19, 2022 at 3:35 am

    Great help, thank you again, Good wishes from the UK 🇬🇧

  11. VK Milling & Hardwoods on October 19, 2022 at 3:38 am

    The tip is cool and you got a straight edge but it’s also not square to the face of your material. You’re still going to need to go back and cut that square. The edge of your ply was off the bed of the saw as much as 18/ to 3/16.

  12. Francisco Cruz jr on October 19, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Thanks. That is something I am going to try.

  13. veryhandyandy on October 19, 2022 at 3:40 am

    I faced a similar task back in the 80’s, and my solution was to use two Makita 10" table saws (mine and the boss’s) bolted to an eight foot oak school table so I could use the saw blade on one table saw and the rip fence on the other table saw to guide the cuts. Another time when faced with having to rip glass-smooth 3/4 MDF shelving in a confined space, I made a 24" x 36" baseplate with a fixed 40" fence for my beloved 7.5" Skil Wormdrive. If you can’t move the sheet of plywood, move the saw.

  14. Seacrest Smith on October 19, 2022 at 3:43 am

    Thanks, exactly what I needed for shortening a long piece of plywood.

  15. Gary Jensen on October 19, 2022 at 3:44 am

    Get a Metabo HPT with rear handle! Stable!

  16. Todd Plager on October 19, 2022 at 3:44 am

    Sweet!! Great idea thanks for the vid!!

  17. SailorJeffy on October 19, 2022 at 3:47 am

    Great tip for cutting large sheets! For trimming an eighth I would use a flush trim router bit

  18. Rusty Pietrzak on October 19, 2022 at 3:47 am


  19. Rabe Family on October 19, 2022 at 3:47 am

    You did make a huge sled in a way. Just a temporary “self sled”. 🙂

  20. thaixeon76 on October 19, 2022 at 3:49 am

    I learned this from a black dude doing it but on a band saw. If I was to make video on it even tho it’s not a bandsaw video I would feel compelled to give credit where credit is due.
    Maybe you invented it?

  21. mike webb on October 19, 2022 at 3:49 am


  22. YourLogicalNightmare on October 19, 2022 at 3:51 am

    Router the edge with a flush trim bit

  23. M on October 19, 2022 at 3:51 am

    Nice one!

  24. Someguy85 on October 19, 2022 at 3:53 am

    Cool trick. Not one I have seen before and I thought that I had seen them all. My go to for this "issue" is straight edge, router and flush cut bit.

  25. Feindsender on October 19, 2022 at 3:55 am

    i am a woodworker who does not like click-bait like titles like this. so i told youtube not to recommend this channel any more.

  26. Don Bell on October 19, 2022 at 3:57 am

    Nicely done! Everything is easy once you know how to do it! Thanks

  27. TriPawd on October 19, 2022 at 3:57 am

    Pro Tip: use a longer piece to clamp under the plywood. Usually twice as long as the plywood and then center them and it will be much easier and straighter.

  28. ranckie on October 19, 2022 at 3:57 am

    Great tip and I’ll keep it in mind that next time I’m faced with that issue. Another tip if one wanted to increase the accuaracy when measuring from the table edge to the saw blade, simply place a long straight edge (12" to 15") against two of the saw teeth to widen the area of the measurement when checking for parallelism.

  29. Mik Mik on October 19, 2022 at 3:57 am

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  30. buzz patch on October 19, 2022 at 3:59 am

    boy oh boy all the weirdness i’ve gone through to do just this- and now i know
    thx much

  31. NSResponder on October 19, 2022 at 4:00 am

    I know I’ve seen clamps for this purpse that just ride in the miter guide slot. You clamp them on the workpiece, engage them in the slot, and you’re all set.

  32. Rgt on October 19, 2022 at 4:04 am

    Buy a panel saw. Easy.

  33. Cletus Tollery on October 19, 2022 at 4:05 am

    Nice tip! As a cabinet maker of 30 years (I now have saws that will cut this, but before…), I would have used a router, straight edge and clamps to do the same cut. For guys interested in woodworking, it’s AMAZING, how many times you will use a GOOD track saw if you spend the money for one! Free hand cuts (odd shapes and angles) and live edge cuts are pretty much made SAFE, and it’s EASY to make track jigs for a router or other equipment!

  34. matty b on October 19, 2022 at 4:06 am

    If you bought a Milwaukee saw you wouldn’t have a wobbly bottom….just saying….

  35. Henry Stuckrath on October 19, 2022 at 4:11 am

    Easy Peasy Nice tip

  36. The Guns N' Glory Show on October 19, 2022 at 4:13 am


  37. Guy Bartlett on October 19, 2022 at 4:13 am


  38. jack Martin on October 19, 2022 at 4:13 am

    nice video well demostrated, but i think ill stick with my track saw haha.

  39. Richard Willemain on October 19, 2022 at 4:14 am


  40. Bigbuck 27 on October 19, 2022 at 4:14 am

    Using 8" square across 3′ why not at least a framing square. Also a good corded saw with secure base plate and clamped straight edge has worked for me for years

  41. Chris Hornberger on October 19, 2022 at 4:14 am


  42. TONY DURAN on October 19, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Great idea

  43. Henry J on October 19, 2022 at 4:17 am

    WOW! This is one of those pearls of knowledge that are an instant GO-TO solution. You have made the world a better place. Thanks.

  44. Tony Lawrence on October 19, 2022 at 4:20 am

    A well presented very, very simple advice. A good tradesman could rattle off similiar instructions by the dozen.

  45. Larry Lewinski on October 19, 2022 at 4:20 am

    Yea wow! That is a great idea for cutting a large sheet of plywood.
    Thanks a lot.

  46. Jus’ Gibs on October 19, 2022 at 4:20 am

    Thinking outside the box! The year is 2022, and we’re still inventing clever tips, tricks and jigs. Will we ever reach an end? Looks doubtful.

  47. Rick Hammer on October 19, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Why not a straight edge and a router to clean up the edge. A lot quicker and you don’t have to man handle a big sheet through the saw.

  48. Feather Head on October 19, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Wow that’s a great trick! Well done and thanks for sharing.

  49. Jon White on October 19, 2022 at 4:24 am

    I never thought of that in 45 years of table saw use.

  50. Bill cunningham on October 19, 2022 at 4:25 am

    Nice little gimme. Will be needing this next week