Originally Posted by petew
A problem with smaller table saws is that the sheet of plywood sags where it's not supported. That leads to curved cuts.
A nice straight 2x4 might be better than the built in fence. Especially if you screw a piece to the bottom of it where it overhangs the saw table to support the workpiece.
Be careful with that saw. Stay away from the blade. Make sure the saw is stable. Wear your safety glasses. No gloves or loose clothing. Stay away from the blade. Keep your nuts out of the line of fire in case of a kick back.
Oh yeah, I stood to the side mostly...started sort of in front of the saw but quickly shifted to the side.
Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
One thing I do is have the sheets ripped in 1/2 (or other logical division) the long way at Lowes/HD (Free). They are a whole lot easier to handle on the saw.
I had then cut my sheet into 4's so I could get it in the car. I had my son with me so I could only fold half the back seat down. This actually worked out better for me in the end as all sheets are now just 4 feet long.
One thing is for sure with the smaller saw though, it sure can tip easily. There was a few times as I forced the board against the fence that I felt the thing want to tip, so I ask this. Once I am into the cut, do I have to continue to force the board against the fence to ensure I maintain a straight cut?