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Woodworking Tips: Router – Versatility of a Panel Saw and Router Combo Machine

Woodworking Tips: Router – Most people think you can only use a panel saw to crosscut sheet stock. Today in the workshop, though, George Vondriska demonstrates some of the handy woodworking techniques you can employ with a combination panel saw and router machine. You can crosscut and make repetitive cuts on large sheets of plywood like you would on a miter saw, and create perfect rabbets, through dadoes and stop dadoes like you would with a router.

24 Comments

  1. GarageWoodworks

    Nice presentation George. I could definitely use that. Now only if I had the cash and the room for it. (sigh)

  2. I’d like to build one…

  3. Backyard Woodworking

    Be great for a cabinet shop. A little out of my price range I’m afraid. Good video though George. Thanks

  4. George, Would you be willing to put together some plans for a home built model? No way I could afford this one, yet I work with plywood a lot and would love to have something like this. Waddya say?

  5. American Infidel

    Very cool, good review. Wish I could afford one, I may attempt to build a crosscut version, my circular saw could drop right in.. without all the other bells and whistles

  6. Nice job George, didn’t realize that this could be so versatile in the shop. I believe this could be something that could be built at home in the shop with a little work.

  7. Dusan Brestovansky

    LOve it. Too bad for my occasional woodworking it’s too expensive. But gave me some ideas… Keep up good job George. Thank you for video.

  8. i echo all previous comments, this is a great workhorse for mass produced re-petitve items not really for the small time woodworker. You can achieve the same cuts with the “you know who German guide rail system” ?? for a fraction of the price, and also keep your limited floorspace free for more sawdust projects!!

  9. cool

  10. This is the same way we cut lumber at Lowes ūüôā

  11. Great videos keep up the goodbwork

  12. Nice video. Great tool if you have the room. I had to go with the track saw because my shop is small.

  13. very good machine !!! Might you tell me where to get or how to make the laser guide … thank you very much

  14. Wouldn’t let’s say a Festool saw, router, guide rail and extractor be far more versatile, totally portable, much cheaper, just as good cut quality etc. and would take up very little space compared to this contraption so perfect for a small workshop or onsite work?

  15. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

    +ishortland I would agree with the points that you make, and there are a lot of approaches that one can take to make accurate cuts on sheet goods. ¬†Here’s another approach that is even cheaper than a track saw and brings similar capabilities:¬†http://www.wwgoa.com/article/shop-made-circular-saw-guide-cheap-easy-and-awesome/
    The factors that favor the panel saw are quick setup speed and easy repeatability.  If you make a lot of cuts on sheet goods, you will appreciate the performance of a panel saw

  16. yikes, how far out of concentric were those threaded holes on the mounting thumb screws?

  17. +jchinderle I talked to the folks at Safety Speed cut about the knobs. They’re made eccentric, intentionally, for a couple reasons. Being slightly eccentric gives the operator a little more leverage when the knobs are being tightened than a concentric knob would. Additionally, if the knobs come loose, they’ll hang with the heavy part of the knob down, rather than coming completely off the machine. Very clever on their part. Good eye, on your part, noticing.

  18. that is awesome. makes me jealous

  19. Saw Trax Manufacturing, Inc.

    That change out from saw to router takes a lot longer and is a lot harder than changing out the saw to a router to a Saw Trax machine.

  20. I would like one of this creative vertical tools. How can I order?

  21. I’ve been on many forums, tried finding more information on this topic:
    Should I get a track saw or a panel saw?

  22. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

    Here is the web site for the manufacturer: https://www.safetyspeed.com/

  23. I really suggest you google Hyezmar’s Woodworking book (no cost), if you’re into this. He’s got an angle for for newbies as well.

  24. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

    This largely comes down to how much space you have and what you plan to do with the saw.  A panel saw is fantastic for breaking down sheet goods quickly, accurately and efficiently in a highly repeatable fashion, but requires a larger investment in money and shop space.  Track saws excel at portability, cost, and space efficiency.  So, what is best for you depends on which of these factors is more important.

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