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My First Un-Assisted 4X8 Sheet Rip

This is a picture of my first 4X8 sheet rip without my wife's help holding up the in-feed side, with the roller stand. She hated doing that, and so did I ��. I'm building the Paulk torsion box (top is currently on saw horses shimmed to table top height and base frame is in the background). The two key things, for me, that made this possible are the in-feed supports that a Jay Bates YouTube video showed how to make, So easy and SO useful. And the other key thing is the Mag-Switch feather board that allows me to stand at the end of the sheet and push it through. This might be old hat for you experienced guys, but I was super pleased with it. Now I can't wait to finish the Torsion box.
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Good job, Bill! Take your photos landscape instead of portrait and they'll display correctly. Rotate your phone to the left (CCW).

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My next one of the completed table I'll get right :-)
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The other method to ensure the photo is correctly oriented is to open it in a viewer, rotate it like you want, and then save in the new position. So it's just easier to take photos/videos landscape when you compose the shot.

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Does anyone attach a long auxiliary fence that sticks out the front of the saw, to help align and guide those large panels before the blade starts cutting? I did that with my old jobsite saw. It had a very short lead-in distance between the front of the table and the blade.

Now I wonder whether anyone else does it? Are there safety aspects that I did not consider?
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When working alone ......

When wrangling 4 X 8 sheets alone, it is difficult, if not impossible.
I have used those "tippy" roller stands with some success, but there are better supports that aren't so bad. These "flip top" supports are pretty good:



More often than not, it's the outfeed where you need a helper or a really stable stand because you can't walk around the still spinning saw and hold that end and feed it at the same time. The simple answer is to break down the 4 X 8's into more manageable sizes or widths beforehand. If you do get a helper, they need to understand not to try to guide the piece, just support it. That may take some practice on their part, so be patient ......

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I use 2 roller stands in front of the saw ans have a 36" outfeed table.

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I use 2 roller stands in front of the saw ans have a 36" outfeed table.
I used those the first sheet or two, with my wife's help even. Then I made those in-feed supports in my picture, from Jay Bates, and the difference was like night and day. I just laid the 3/4" 4X8 (very heavy) sheet at the end of the supports, standing with my back to the saw holding the edge of the wood, then ducked under the supports walked to the back of the wood, lifted the wood so it was flat on the supports and pushed it onto the table saw's top. Very stable, no "balancing act" like I felt was going on with using the roller stand (we only had 1 stand). Anyway, I can't recommend them enough. They're almost like having a in-feed table but lift right off to hang up when I'm done with the cut(s).

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woodnthings, They do look more stable than the roller stands for sure

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I remember those days of cutting 4x8 sheets, it was miserable, great way to have a argument with the wife that lasts longer than the cut took to make.


I have a track saw for breaking down sheet goods now, best purchase I ever made for my shop.

I just play with wood in order to make sawdust, I make the very best sawdust.
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I remember those days of cutting 4x8 sheets, it was miserable, great way to have a argument with the wife that lasts longer than the cut took to make.


I have a track saw for breaking down sheet goods now, best purchase I ever made for my shop.
Lol, sounds familiar. That’s why I was so happy to see the YouTube video

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