Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eastern Pennsylvania
Hi, I have moved on to an oak slab for the next phase of my folded table project, which has an ultimate goal of creating a large folded walnut desk. The struggle so far has been to make a long, accurate 45 degree cut in a wide, 3" thick work piece.
The first test piece, the maple slab, is rock solid, the walnut dovetail splines and internal 1/4 birch plywood spline (in the miter) have made it really strong.
Moving along, the 12' x 30" oak slab proved too heavy for me to move alone, so I grabbed a 8' x 19" x 3" for this next phase of the project - it still weighs ~140 lbs.
I was thinking of the saw sled suggested in the post by Woodnthings and it occured to me that I already have one! The photos show how I turned over my old Skil Saw, put it on some tracks and made some nice cuts. Can use some refinement to fine tune, but it really worked great. Let me see any safety issues you see that need a remedy.
The angle came out great, put some 1/2" plywood blind splines into the joint and will add some dovetail splines to the corners next.
Thanks again for the suggestions and comments, I'll keep posting the project as it goes along.