I studied these plans while coming up with my own version.
Panel saw article by Ron Brown 8 5 2023
Panel Saw at Ron Brown's Best
Tackling Big Projects Here is one method I use that has worked for over 50 years.
1. Define the finished project
2. Break it down into pieces
3. Assign a logical sequence to each piece
4. I write it down and keep it on a clipboard.
5. Make a comfortable timetable for finishing each section. There are usually 4 or 5 before we have it completed.
6. When I accomplish this project, I begin the same process for the next one.
Let me give you an example: I’m just a little guy making stuff in my own shop so it doesn’t take much to cause a delay in my operation. I use a lot of HDPE plastic only available in full sheets so I have to break it down to fit my machines and the space I have to store raw inventory.
My plastic supplier will gladly cut it for me, “IF” they have someone to run the saw (they don’t always), if the saw isn’t broken down (it breaks down frequently), if there isn’t a 200,000-piece cut order in front of me (every spring and fall), etc. That puts me at their mercy unless I want to break out the circular saw and cut it up myself. Depending on the material, a full sheet weighs from 80 to 100 pounds and is sharp and slippery.
I decided that a specialized panel saw was the solution. But wait! They are expensive and I really don’t have a place to store it and certainly can’t allocate permanent wall space. I’m a clever guy and I know how to use the internet and I build stuff. Step one, research, watch videos, look at plans, etc. Then I designed one the size I needed, for the space I have available, for the material I need to cut, and set a very small budget.
I already know some of you are going to want plans so you can make your own. Sorry, the most I can do is post some photos for you to view as you make your own. We will make a page on our website for your convenience at www.ronbrownsbest.com. I will tell you that our out-of-pocket cost came to about $300 in total. Most of that was for the linear rails, the Skill saw, and the 2X4s. Do you know how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. If you have a large project in mind, be patient and begin the process today. Remember that wherever you go, there you are.
Here is my inspiration for this message. Gen 11:6 NIV The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Jer 29:11 NASB ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Luke 1:37 AMP For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. Phil 4:13 AMP I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
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