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13 pointers for perfect plywood cuts

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Crank it up for quality

1. Crank it up for quality

When cutting plywood on the tablesaw, raising the blade height can make a big difference in cut quality. Most of the time, safety dictates setting the blade low, but this cuts away the underlying plies first, leaving the top face unsupported as the teeth slice through. For a cleaner cut, raise the blade a couple of inches, as shown. The teeth contact the sheet while moving almost straight down, so the face veneer is supported by the plies below.

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Comments (7)
shelcom wrote:

The best thing I do for good cuts in plywood is use a GREAT blade! The FOREST BRAND is the best money can buy!

4/25/2013 12:04:55 PM Report Abuse
vgpmckinney1 wrote:

I agree the track saw system works much better for full sheets. But I use the table saw for smaller cuts so these tips were handy

4/25/2013 11:53:43 AM Report Abuse
jammanconst wrote:

A granite top to your table saw? I'm intrigued. Tell us more, ccapenter.

6/22/2012 07:39:58 PM Report Abuse
ccapenter wrote:

I have a rigid 10" with a granite top and i can cut a 4x8 3/4" ply with no problem.

4/5/2012 07:36:42 PM Report Abuse
Jemu wrote:

I've cut what seems to be a million doors as carpenter for the U S Government. I have used a Porter Cable 7 1/2" circ. saw and a Dewalt Ultra Fine Blade since they came out. I use a guide and drop the blade 1/2 of a tooth below the panel and always get good cuts even on old hollow core panels. The especially works well on plywood. Remember good side down with a circ saw.

4/5/2012 07:06:03 PM Report Abuse
harryrutland2 wrote:

I got the EZ-Smart track system, and a nice Freud fine cut blade for my circ saw. Much safer than trying to manhandle a 4X8 sheet across a table saw, accuracy is great, and cut quality's really good. I think tracksaws are the way to go for sheet goods. And I don't work for any of those companies!

4/5/2012 04:12:56 PM Report Abuse

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