Build a Simple Shingle-Cutting Bench from Scrap Woodcomments (5) January 9th, 2014 in Blogs
Video Length: 1:17
Produced by: John Ross and Chuck Miller
If you need to cut some starter strips for asphalt shingles, you could drop to your knees and just cut them right there on the ground out of the bundle, but there's a better way.
Bruce Guertin, from Coventry, Rhode Island, has made a nice, comfortable-height workstation for cutting these shingles that rests on top of his saw horses. The cut station is at least 3-ft. long (I've got about 3-1/2 ft. here) and a couple feet, maybe 26 in., deep. There's a stop along the bottom edge that allows me to put a few shingles in so that I can load it up like a magazine. I've put a nailer down at the bottom so that I've got something to screw my stop into. (If the workstation was made of thicker plywood, I wouldn't do this, probably.) And then I can leave enough room at the top of that so I can rest my straightedge, and I can run the utility knife along this and get exactly the same-width strip every time. I've got a 2x6 up under the top of the workstation that props it up, so I've got a nice work angle.
Once I get done cutting the shingle, I take the starter strip and stack it up here until I have a nice stack that I can hand off to whoever is doing the roof. It's as simple as it could be, and probably it's made of scrap stuff that's just sitting in a pile. It's a great tip, Bruce. Thanks for sending it to us.
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