How to Use a Panel Saw

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30-10-2017, 11:00
A panel saw is a special kind of circular saw mounted against a wall with a back panel in hand, hence the name of the saw. It's used for cutting large sheeted workpieces such as plywood, sold in 4x8 sheets. If you've never used a panel saw before, in this wikiHow, you'll learn how!

Making a Vertical Cut

  1. Before beginning, ensure the saw is set in the direction for cutting vertically.
  2. Mark your workpiece. Measure what you're cutting, then mark it out. Make sure the workpiece is oriented in a way it'll fit underneath the saw.
    • Since the workpiece will most likely be long, all that'll be needed is to mark the first and last 6 inches of where you're cutting.
  3. Slide the workpiece underneath the saw and position it according to cut specifics. Loosen the carriage lock (for the carriage, which houses the saw) and check for an accurate cut by positioning the saw itself against the workpiece, then slide it back up to the top of the guides.
  4. Start the saw and allow it to reach a full speed. Once it does, begin your cut.
    • Move the carriage slowly so that the saw may do the rest of the work. Moving the blade through the wood too quickly may damage it or chip the workpiece.
  5. Move both pieces away from the saw once the cut is complete. Turn the saw off and bring the carriage back up to the top of the guides. Lock the carriage in place.

Making a Horizontal Cut

  1. Before you begin, set the saw in direction for cutting horizontally.
  2. Mark the workpiece as described in Method 1. Then, slide the carriage down, ensure it's set appropriately according to measurements, and lock it in place.
  3. Start the saw and allow it to reach a full speed. Then, begin your cut.
    • Slowly push the workpiece through the saw and let it do the rest of the work. As the workpiece passes through, complete the cut by moving to the other side and (again, slowly) pulling the workpiece through the saw. Support the upper piece as it comes out to keep it from pinching the blade.
  4. Turn off the saw and wait for it to come to a complete stop. Remove the workpieces and reposition the carriage on top of the guides with the saw set back in the vertical position.


  • A benefit of the panel saw is that, unlike a table saw, it's not necessary to lift your board and push it through the blade. It also provides the same cut accuracy as a table saw.


  • As with any other saw, there's a proper and improper way to operate it! Don't be reckless!

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil for making marks
  • Speed square for ensuring straight marks
  • Workpiece
  • Panel saw
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