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ls2poweredgoat
09-06-2008, 05:52 PM
I kid you not, I wasted an entire 4 x 8 sheet of MDF today. I couldn't cut worth a ****. My hand wasn't steady, didn't have patience to begin with, and I think my square was bent. So I went out and bought ANOTHER 4 x 8 sheet of MDF, and a new square. Came home, took one cut off a scrap sheet to practice, and I just called it quits for the day. Usually whenever I build a box, I may have 1 or 2 bad cuts TOPS, but nothing like this before. I use a circular saw btw. :crap:

Ridiculous.

IgnoreMe
09-06-2008, 05:53 PM
well, meth withdrawls will make the hands a little shaky

spencer321
09-06-2008, 05:56 PM
i use the clamped square method as a guide. I can't cut a straight square line free hand to save my life.

ls2poweredgoat
09-06-2008, 05:58 PM
I bought one of those clamp things, and it was too much of a PITA.

For the most part, I have the circular saw mastered. I can rip right through boards and be within 1/32" of an inch TOPS. But today, idk. I think I might buy a drywall T-Square next week, to help me out with getting everything nice and square.

njaykaplan
09-06-2008, 06:00 PM
well, meth withdrawls will make the hands a little shaky

Hes drug free, which is hard to believe if you've seen him post before.

rollerdj
09-06-2008, 06:01 PM
I bought one of those clamp things, and it was too much of a PITA.

For the most part, I have the circular saw mastered. I can rip right through boards and be within 1/32" of an inch TOPS. But today, idk. I think I might buy a drywall T-Square next week, to help me out with getting everything nice and square.

i've done that before. has allways worked pretty good for me.

ls2poweredgoat
09-06-2008, 06:02 PM
i've done that before. has allways worked pretty good for me.


Yeah I figure I can just slap that bish on there and be done with it. :D

benchambers80
09-06-2008, 06:02 PM
panel saw ftmfw

Pioneer~Saturn
09-06-2008, 06:04 PM
Ive wasted a piece or two (not a whole 4x8...but some) before by simply measuring to the wrong side of the blade on the table saw :crap:...but not much, but it really ticks you off when you make mistakes :(

rollerdj
09-06-2008, 06:07 PM
panel saw ftmfw

back in the day when i worked in a veneer factory, i had access to some NICE digital panel saws. god that was the shiznit when it came to making boxes and amp racks.

rollerdj
09-06-2008, 06:08 PM
Ive wasted a piece or two (not a whole 4x8...but some) before by simply measuring to the wrong side of the blade on the table saw :crap:...but not much, but it really ticks you off when you make mistakes :(

my favrite is when i measure from the 1" mark due to all the ends on my tape measurer's being loose, and forgetting to take up for that extra inch.:verymad:

Pioneer~Saturn
09-06-2008, 06:11 PM
my favrite is when i measure from the 1" mark due to all the ends on my tape measurer's being loose, and forgetting to take up for that extra inch.:verymad:

:( yea, that'd be the ****

IgnoreMe
09-06-2008, 06:12 PM
Hes drug free, which is hard to believe if you've seen him post before.

does he look like kramer?

mobeious
09-06-2008, 08:05 PM
table saw? all u have to do "if u have the space" go buy a desent table saw... build a 4" table on 3 sides of it and get a fence extention... u will have to measure the cuts with a tape measure instead of meaure ruler on the fence but makes cutting hella easy.. iv used the skill saw method.. 1/2" aluminum straight measure clamp measure like 12 more times then cut took forever

jmanpc
09-06-2008, 08:08 PM
I had one of those the other day

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y13/goatboy_521/IMG_0770.jpg

azbass
09-06-2008, 08:08 PM
glad the 60 dollar table saw is working great. :)

ls2poweredgoat
09-06-2008, 08:09 PM
glad the 60 dollar table saw is working great. :)

This was BEFORE I bought the table saw. ;)

thegreatestpenn
09-06-2008, 08:10 PM
I sux at making cuts with my circular saw. But my straight edge is bent so that is probably playing a factor. Can't wait til I have a house and table saw.

But who cares about straight cuts, that's what carpet is for. Just gotta goop up the liquid nails :thumbsup:

azbass
09-06-2008, 08:13 PM
This was BEFORE I bought the table saw. ;)

yeah yeah lies! :p:

ls2poweredgoat
09-06-2008, 08:19 PM
yeah yeah lies! :p:

**** if I ****ed up cuts on a table saw, I'd probably just quit life and kill myself. :crap:

Fusion_FREAK
09-06-2008, 08:23 PM
:post:

adas
09-06-2008, 08:54 PM
i had one today.


:verymad:

808BMW
09-07-2008, 04:16 PM
**** if I ****ed up cuts on a table saw, I'd probably just quit life and kill myself. :crap:

I still prefer my straightedge + circular saw for most cuts.
No matter how many times I measure on my table saw (yes, I measure both ends of the blade) somehow the long pieces still end up being off a bit. I'd guess it's from trying to manhandle huge pieces of wood by myself without a helper.

When I'm doing multiple pieces at the same width, that's all table saw. But if it's one long cut here, one long one there (which is usually the case on most of the box) I stick with the straightedge.

hatemonger
09-07-2008, 04:18 PM
measure twice, cut once. i never use a square either. i just use the 3 marks method and draw a line with a metal yard stick.

edit: i also clamp the yardstick and run a quick sand down the edge.

cf2004
09-07-2008, 04:24 PM
when i was using my circular saw, i bought a thing called accu rip from sears. Its a guide made for the saw. Its attached to the saw and had a fence build into it that was marked up to 24". Just set the guide to whatever amount you need to cut and it would make a perfect cut everytime. loved it

hatemonger
09-07-2008, 04:26 PM
when i was using my circular saw, i bought a thing called accu rip from sears. Its a guide made for the saw. Its attached to the saw and had a fence build into it that was marked up to 24". Just set the guide to whatever amount you need to cut and it would make a perfect cut everytime. loved it

those do work well. my co-worker has a rigid saw with the laser guide. nice saw.

Lakota
09-07-2008, 04:36 PM
Bad days happen, that's what sandpaper is for:)

Mike465
09-07-2008, 10:16 PM
Here is a good trick to get straight cuts with a circle saw. buy a holf sheet of 1/2" MDF and clamp it down to the pice you are trying to cut and use it as a straight edge. Just measure from the inner part of the blade to the ouside frame of the saw. Measer that distance over what you are trying to cut, clamp down the 1/2" MDf and you will have a straight cut. Did that untill I bought a table saw. Well worth the money, it will save you so much time on your builds.

bjfish11
09-07-2008, 10:22 PM
I think all us builders have had those days before. I remember a few months back, when I was making a flush mount baffle for some plexi, I kept mixing up the dimensions. I think I cut them out about 4 times before I got it right. Then I went home...

2000LaDe
09-07-2008, 10:25 PM
so whats your excuse's for your terrible holes?

ls2poweredgoat
09-07-2008, 10:27 PM
so whats your excuse's for your terrible holes?

My quality is limited to the tools I have.

2000LaDe
09-07-2008, 10:29 PM
good excuse :) how bout you invest in some tools?

ls2poweredgoat
09-07-2008, 10:33 PM
good excuse :) how bout you invest in some tools?

How about you do the favor?? ;)

WALKS UP
09-07-2008, 10:34 PM
Lol^

WALKS UP
09-07-2008, 10:35 PM
btw hows that table saw ?