All You Need Is a Track Saw
Learn how to break down plywood and other sheet goods efficiently and accurately without a tablesaw.
Synopsis: Accurate cuts on a track saw require a thoughtful sequence. This article shows an efficient method, including tips for setup, squaring up the plywood, and making rip cuts and crosscuts.
When I got my first track saw years ago, it was an absolute game changer for my trim carpentry work. No more trying to shove full sheets of plywood through a small job-site tablesaw. But for those first few years, I was really only using the tracksaw to break down sheets of plywood into their rough parts, which I would then run through the tablesaw for final sizing. I didn’t have confidence in my ability to get consistently sized parts, say for building a bank of cabinets, without the aid of a fence. But as I’ve refined my techniques, I now feel comfortable processing a stack of plywood into a variety of consistently sized parts and pieces, all without…