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Old 05-15-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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How to cut Oak panel board


I bought a 2'x4' Oak panelboard from Lowes, can someone give me a choice of blade selection for either my circular saw or jigsaw so that I don't keep splintering this board all to heck?

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Not sure exactly what a panelboard is, never heard the term. Based on the size, you may have oak veneered plywood. I cut all my plywood with a carbide tipped rip blade. For really fine cuts, I make the first cut with the circular saw blade, then remove about 1/64 inch with a carbide tipped straight router bit.

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the more teeth there are the better. If using a jig saw make sure you keep the blade aggression at the lowest setting. The boschs have this option and work great, i'm not sure about other brands. You can also put blue painters tape or masking tape down and cut over this. It will help minimize tear out. Cut slow.
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It's not you--that's Chinese plywood--the veneer is very thin and chips out easily.

By circular saw I'm guessing that you mean a hand held Skill saw. You will get a chip free cut only if you are lucky,use a fine blade and make a shallow cut through the veneer first-About 1/16 or less.

Sorry without a table saw that poor quality ply will splinter.---Mike---

Daniels suggestion of using a router to get a final cut will work. Nice save Daniel.
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