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    I finished three different types of bookcases. My current project is to replace the kitchen floor. After that, I'm going to try to do something I'm not sure I can do: repair/replace bellyboard in my mobile home. I'm also thinking of building another raised plant bed.

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  1. Okay, thanks everyone. You've given me everything I need--I think-- to get ready for the next time I have to cut down a sheet of plywood. Now I have to go to the store to get some beverages for the debate later this evening.
  2. C Shffer, THAT is useful. Maybe the fence is not set at a right angle. That, I'll check. bleedinblue, Amazon, here I come. shaneymack, You've sold me. Now I have to see if my pocketbook agrees.
  3. drzaius, I think you're talking about something I had thought about doing but gave up because of lack of enough skill to to it: attaching something to the saw that would enable me to position the blade where I want it to be. It seems as if you could just line up the blade by eye with the cut you want to make, but I haven't found that to be as easy as it sounds. There is, of course, a guide already attached to the saw, but I haven't found it to be as useful as it should be. All that is needed is a better built-in guide. The ones that come with the saws are mysteriously crude and unsatisf
  4. drzaius, Why is it necessary to make a guide? Can't you just clamp any piece of straight material to the plywood sheet as a guide? You could call this "making a guide," but I don't think that's what you had in mind. Shaneymack, Well, there is the matter of cost to consider, but I'll check on track saws. Incidentally, now that I know what a feather board is I don't see how it would helping in breaking down a 4x8 panel. It would be useful with smaller pieces but not for the whole panel. I might be wrong. Correct me if I am. It's just that I don't think you can use a featherbo
  5. Woodenskye, Thanks. That sounds like good advice to me, even though I don't like circular saws. The truth is, I'm sort of afraid of them. Too much power. Too much noise. One slip and.... However, smaller circular saws might be the answer. I have a battery-operated 6-1/2" circular saw, but it has insufficient power. Maybe a 6'1/2" or smaller with a lithium battery would be the right answer for me. Anyway, thanks again. Keggers, The only problem with that is that some of the workers at Home Depot (my supplier) have demonstrated their inability with such things. I have to really
  6. Shaneymack, It must have a name. What is it? drzaius, I don't know what kind of fence I have, but it came with my Ryobi portable 10" power saw. I'm glad that you used the word, "fence." I can now more adequately explain the problem. I try to keep the wood pressed against the fence (natually), but the piece of wood keeps being pushed away, and I'm not capable of resisting the force. I don't understand how that force is being generated, but it's there. Finally, the idea of making two cuts instead of one sounds good to me. I had plenty of room to do that, but I just hadn't
  7. C Shaffer, That's not very helpful. I hope others have different ideas.I might add that when I started looking into this, almost everyone said that you should NOT use a table saw to cut up a 4x8 sheet of plywood. I thought that was the reason for my poor quality box, but then I started seeing some people who said that you shouldn't use a circular saw for this purpose, that the saw of choice was a TABLE SAW. I hope someone here can come up with a logical tie-breaker. [MOST say not to use a table saw] Brendon_T, Thanks for the tips. I'm going to check-out what you suggested. I had
  8. I recently used a sheet of plywood to build a box. While the box is sturdy enough, it's not something that I'm proud of. There are just too many gaps (1/8"-1/4") at the joints.. These gaps were caused because the plywood pieces used to make the box don't have uniform dimensions. The pieces are not uniform because my table saw wouldn't stay "on track." By this I mean that while using the saw, I kept noticing that the sheet of plywood kept drifting away from the guard/rail on the right side. No matter how hard I pushed the sheet towards the blade, it kept moving away from the line I had intende
  9. ---- Now, I'd call that an ingenious idea, certainly "out of the box," and I'm not being sarcastic. Anyway, I'm going to quit here for awhile. i've learned a lot, but it's too much trouble to continue using my iPad,
  10. ---- So am I, but that's the way it is. I have no explanation. I hate particle board, but maybe it's stiffer, or maybe I got inferior plywood.
  11. I don't like "give". Yes, the sub-flooring is directly on top if the beams/joists, just as is the rest of the house.I don't think an eighth of an inch over four inches would even be noticeable.On the other hand, that tiny 1/8" difference makes a surprising difference in the firmness of the flooring. It's surprising to me
  12. I thought I had answered this, but my iMac seems to be going out, and I'm not yet familiar with my iPad. Anyway, I said that it takes skill to use a sander, skill that I don't have, particularly on such a large-scale job.
  13. ------- I don't think an eighth of an inch over four inches would even be noticeable.