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ReefGuru 07-16-2012 12:02 AM

Cutting Plywood.
 
Hi DIYers,

I need to cut a hole like this in 3/4" plywood. I know the best tool to use would be a router but I don't have one and don't want to buy one. What would be a good alternative? A Dremel?

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CopperClad 07-16-2012 12:32 AM

1' x 6''... Is this a finished product? A circular saw is what most people would use. Just cut into all 4 corners. Flip piece over and you will see about a half inch or so not cut. Repeat process.. If you aren't comfortable with that, second option would be a jigsaw..

mae-ling 07-16-2012 12:33 AM

how perfect does the hole need to be?

Jigsaw or circular saw work well

ReefGuru 07-16-2012 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by CopperClad (Post 966790)
1' x 6''... Is this a finished product? A circular saw is what most people would use. Just cut into all 4 corners. Flip piece over and you will see about a half inch or so not cut. Repeat process.. If you aren't comfortable with that, second option would be a jigsaw..

If you mean the plywood, then yes the plywood is finished. I prefer not to use the circular saw, I don't particularly like the extended cuts in each corner.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mae-ling (Post 966791)
how perfect does the hole need to be?

Jigsaw or circular saw work well

I'll think about using a jigsaw. Don't own one, maybe i'll pick one up. Like I said before, the more perfect the hole, the better.

mae-ling 07-16-2012 01:39 AM

Stop the cuts at the corner, finish with hand saw.

If this is going to be a finished hole, then a router really should be used.

Have also done this type of finished cut with a table saw.

ReefGuru 07-16-2012 01:46 AM

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Originally Posted by mae-ling (Post 966808)
Stop the cuts at the corner, finish with hand saw.

If this is going to be a finished hole, then a router really should be used.

Have also done this type of finished cut with a table saw.

I don't have access to a router. I will see if I can expand my options.

PaliBob 07-16-2012 05:36 AM

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Originally Posted by ReefGuru (Post 966772)
.....What would be a good alternative? A Dremel?

  • Definitely not a Dremel
  • And not a plunge cut circular saw except for a track saw
  • Most likely not a Router
  • Not a table saw
  • Most likely a (e.g.) Jig Saw
Guru, Congrats on the Drawing, I'm assuming SketchUp ?

Xoch 07-16-2012 03:56 PM

Everybody should own a jig saw. Everybody.

It would be my preferred choice in this case as well. Drill your starter hole and then go to work. You will be happier with your lines. A roto-zip will do it, but it will make really messy lines unless you have exception skill with the thing.

ReefGuru 07-16-2012 04:00 PM

Bob, yes it is Sketchup.

Is a cheap jigsaw worth while, or should I invest in a good one? I believe in solid tools, my drills are all Milwaukee. But right now I don't feel like I can afford another tool.

Would buying something like this be a waste of money?

PaliBob 07-16-2012 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by ReefGuru (Post 967266)
.....or should I invest in a good one?.....
Would buying something like this be a waste of money?

Amazon has collected almost All Favorable Reviews on the Black & Decker

I have both Bosch and Festool jigsaws but if I had neither, I would not be
afraid to buy either the Black & Decker or this HFT Jigsaw

Daniel Holzman 07-16-2012 05:26 PM

If you are not too fussy about the cut, you can do this with a $10 hand jig saw. You need a nice sharp blade. Start the cut by drilling a hole large enough to fit the saw into, then make the cuts. As noted by others, an electric jigsaw works very nicely for this particular application, but a sharp handsaw is fine, and considerably less expensive.

joecaption 07-16-2012 06:23 PM

A hand saw, what's that?
Go with the jig saw, fast and easy to use.

jschaben 07-16-2012 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Daniel Holzman (Post 967320)
If you are not too fussy about the cut, you can do this with a $10 hand jig saw. You need a nice sharp blade. Start the cut by drilling a hole large enough to fit the saw into, then make the cuts. As noted by others, an electric jigsaw works very nicely for this particular application, but a sharp handsaw is fine, and considerably less expensive.

Even if you are fussy about the cut, a hand saw isn't a bad option, especially one of these
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...QRJYS1N9HXNFD3

:)

DangerMouse 07-16-2012 08:38 PM

Personally, I'd just do the "fast plunge cut to the corners" with my cordless circular saw and finish with a hand saw. I'd be done in 2 minutes tops. Faster than I could put a blade in my SABER saw and plug it in! I did all of my vent openings this way.

DM

PaliBob 07-16-2012 11:51 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Daniel Holzman (Post 967320)
.......you can do this with a $10 hand jig saw. ...........

There is such a tool and at that price. Bosch calls it
a Pocket Saw. It takes Recip or Jig Saw blades.
I just ordered one from Highland Woodworking


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