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prototype561
07-16-2012, 05:39 PM
So I get back home from buying some mdf and getting it cut by Lowes. I pre-assemble the box just to make sure most of the pieces line up some what closely. All the peices of wood were slanted a half inch all the way up to a full inch and there were big gaps between everything. I was like WTF. I'm just baffled by how off the peices are. I have been to home depot for other boxes and all their cuts were fine. I have a jigsaw but its hard to make accurate cuts with them, but I think I could have done better than that. I just don't understand, they have the huge expensive machine thats quite simple to work, just line wood up and move the machine up or down or to the side. Just frustrated that I wasted $50 wood and most of it can't be salvaged because the cuts are way off. End of rant.

rebelfromva
07-16-2012, 05:52 PM
take it back and demand to speak with a manager of the wood department no homo....

Kangaroux
07-16-2012, 05:55 PM
They probably did 1 of 2 things (or both):

1. They didn't put a piece of wood under the MDF when they were cutting it on the panel saw so as the blade got towards the bottom the wood slanted a bit
2. They ran the blade back up the wood with the saw ON. You should always run the saw through once, after it's gone all the way through, turn it off, and then bring it back up. I see them do this sometimes and it causes some slanting and miss cuts.

xShoWTeKx
07-16-2012, 05:56 PM
18780 Evolv 12 amp Corded 7-in Circular Saw- Craftsman-Tools-Portable Power Tools-Circular Saws (http://www.sears.com/craftsman-18780-evolv-12-amp-corded-7-in/p-00918780000P?prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3)

$40 buy 1 DO IT YOURSELF problem solved.

miker
07-16-2012, 05:58 PM
Shouldn't ever be more than 1/8th off :/... sorry.

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18780 Evolv 12 amp Corded 7-in Circular Saw- Craftsman-Tools-Portable Power Tools-Circular Saws (http://www.sears.com/craftsman-18780-evolv-12-amp-corded-7-in/p-00918780000P?prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3)

$40 buy 1 DO IT YOURSELF problem solved.

Add money for clamps, saw horses and 2x4s. Would be about 100$ to get a setup to do it yourself. However yes you could attain PERFECT cuts.

mazdakid
07-16-2012, 05:59 PM
doesnt it say no accurate cuts on the saw? i know my hd by me does.
i just get a sheet cut into 3 pieces big enough to fit in my trunk and use my table saw at home.

97maxima
07-16-2012, 06:00 PM
yep take it back and get a refund, buy a saw and learn how to cut straight

Kangaroux
07-16-2012, 06:01 PM
Shouldn't ever be more than 1/8th off :/... sorry.

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Add money for clamps, saw horses and 2x4s. Would be about 100$ to get a setup to do it yourself. However yes you could attain PERFECT cuts.

You can make some homemade sawhorses very cheap. Hell, even a full work bench. You don't need very many clamps either. Get a couple C clamps and some bar clamps and you're all set.

xShoWTeKx
07-16-2012, 06:04 PM
Shouldn't ever be more than 1/8th off :/... sorry.

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Add money for clamps, saw horses and 2x4s. Would be about 100$ to get a setup to do it yourself. However yes you could attain PERFECT cuts.

2x4's are like $4 build you own saw horse, also clamps are $5 at harbor freight.

goingdef
07-16-2012, 06:20 PM
2x4's are like $4 build you own saw horse, also clamps are $5 at harbor freight.

^^It really is that cheap and easy^^, I don't think they warranty rough cuts, so you may need to go this route now!

prototype561
07-16-2012, 06:33 PM
To think I was trying to save money by doing the box myself, which I have before with good success. The people around here try and charge at least $250 and up for a 18 box.

miker
07-16-2012, 06:43 PM
doesnt it say no accurate cuts on the saw? i know my hd by me does.
i just get a sheet cut into 3 pieces big enough to fit in my trunk and use my table saw at home.

Yeah it does, however 1/2" and angles in the cut is far from saying not accurate lol!
Basically the saw blade has big teeth and the employees could give a fu ck about your material so they are generally around 1/8" off.

Sorry, I wasn't saying it was a bad idea just saying you will need some additional supplies to do it yourself and someone who has never done it before may not know how to set up to get straight cuts with a circular saw.

prototype561
07-16-2012, 06:54 PM
It wouldn't make sense for me to buy all these tools and build a workshop because I would never use it. This is like my 2nd box I have built in the last 3 yrs. I usually keep my sub(s) for at least a year before I move on to something else.

bhsdriller
07-16-2012, 07:26 PM
because they're noobs....you have to line up the cuts yourself and just have them run the saw. Can still be hard to get accurate cuts that way tho

prototype561
07-16-2012, 08:17 PM
just re-measured most of the pieces, it seems that most cuts slant to make the piece a half inch to inch larger on the opposite side. Therefor the wood can be salvaged since it slants big instead of small, now finding a way to trim it down to make it the same is another story...

bhsdriller
07-16-2012, 08:32 PM
maybe a local cabinet shop or something like that could do it for a couple bucks

prototype561
07-16-2012, 08:41 PM
yeah, i was thinking about looking up a local carpenter or i could get my hands dirty and use my jigsaw and wood fill the crap out of the box lol

prototype561
07-16-2012, 08:41 PM
yeah, i was thinking about looking up a local carpenter or i could get my hands dirty and use my jigsaw and wood fill the crap out of the box lol

Julian
07-16-2012, 08:50 PM
Their tolerances are up to 1/2.. so basically if they don't cut it right and it's within that 1/2 or so of tolerance.. They could give two shits.. It even says it on the sign in front of the panel saw..

Just fwiw

prototype561
07-16-2012, 09:23 PM
^ oh ok, I guess it just depends on the person skill, the last few times i got real good cuts from home depot

Julian
07-16-2012, 09:27 PM
It really does, I had an old guy do it for me once.. took careful measurements of every cut.. Then one time some ******* kid came and did it in 5 mins and it every cut was off by a ton.

prototype561
07-16-2012, 09:31 PM
yep, you live and learn, I'm going to make it work without spending more money, as long as the back/front and sides are straight everything else is workable.

DoesDad
07-16-2012, 09:35 PM
Another good way to get the guy to pay attention and care about your shlt is to throw him 10 or 15 bucks. My buddy used to do this. Remarkable how accurate they can get when they care.

kushy_dreams
07-16-2012, 10:24 PM
Always have the old guys make the cuts. They are never rushed and take pride in their work and know to measure twice and cut once. I had a kid cut some wood for me and I brought a combination square in with me and when the cuts werent straight when he was done, I just walked out and left everything on the cart.

RangerDangerV2
07-16-2012, 10:53 PM
user error.

jeepintn
07-16-2012, 11:00 PM
sorry about your luck man, but i can promise you neither hd or lowes guarantees accuracy of cuts, you take it upon yourself when you ask them to cut it. both my local hd and lowes however will allow me to use a measuring tape, speed-square and pencil to mark exactly where i want my cuts and they have come out great that way.

prototype561
07-16-2012, 11:41 PM
Its all good, improvising is the name of the game

REDz28
07-16-2012, 11:48 PM
I had the same issue with homedpeot once they'll refund it, but the guide in the blade was bent and threw off everything

srb
07-17-2012, 12:03 AM
I work in the lumber department of home depot and use the panel saw everyday. There is a sign up that say "no precision cuts" and there is a reason for that. That saw is not designed to make accurate cuts its designed to cut plywood in half so customers can take it home. In fact my department head has actually told me numerous times that if a customer wants something closer then a quarter of an inch, take them to look at some table saws.

The saw has a bad habit of cutting slanted too. I spoke to the guy who services the saw about it, and he said it is to do with the rollers the saw is guided by. Usually it ranges between 1/16-1/8 of an inch difference between the top and the bottom.

However if you are EXTREMELY care full you can get some pretty good cuts out of it. It takes a lot of time and practice though. In fact just tonight I cut down 2 sheets of MDF to make a 4th order for my self using that saw, and got it pretty **** accurate. It took me an hour and a half though, and most employees aren't skilled enough or simply don't care enough to take that much time to cut your wood. Also 90% of the other Lumber associates don't consider the amount the blade takes off when you cut, and you can lose 1/8 inch on that.

butterMilk
07-17-2012, 06:54 AM
You just have to tell the guy what you are using the wood for, and ask if he will be extra careful. Ive had HD do all the cuts for a box once, every cut was within a 16th to a 32nd, very accurate. I watched the guy and before he made the cut, he would bring the saw blade down and gouge the wood a little bit, then use a tape to quickly double check accuracy. And I didn't have to throw him 10-15 bux. They get paid by the hour.

jeremyg1
07-17-2012, 11:12 AM
I have had mixed results...now i just get everything 1/2 inch over sized and take care of it myself.

I remember several years ago we found a whole stack of 4x8 sheets of MDF that were about 1/2" out of square, got a pretty good deal on that though :)

disturbed471985
07-17-2012, 11:20 AM
I have had lowes cut atleast 4 boxes for me.. All were perfect and thats with old and new men using saw. Tossed each one $20 bucks and they did the job correct. Hell they even messed up on 1 cut and went and got a second sheet just to make that one panel and still only charged me for 1 sheet when he had to use 2... Money Talks people...