Use of a table saw to cut sheet material in London

27 Aug 2012
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I have a lot of leftover sheet material from building some wardrobes. Happily, I have pretty much exactly what I need to make a set the drawers I would like to build in to one of the wardrobes. This is a mixture of 18mm ply and veneered mdf. The drawers will be about 600mm wide and 350mm deep.

The problem I have is that I have no way to (accurately) cut the material to size, to make the drawers. I have - inexplicably - three mitre saws (one with a double bevel which allows me to make accurate cuts about 20cm long); a terrible jigsaw that doesn't cut straight; and a few hand saws (I don't have the skill to cut a straight enough line with a hand saw). What I would love, is a table saw. It wouldn't need to be huge - I'm working with off-cuts and the largest is about a quarter of the size of a full sheet. However, buying (and then storing) a table saw just for this job is not really practical. Buying a circular saw just for this job would be a bit expensive too, plus I don't really have anything to clamp the sheets to while I cut them.

Is there anybody out there that cuts down sheet material to size, where they do not supply the material? Or is there somewhere I can take my material to cut it down myself? A high school workshop would be ideal, but I cannot find any school that advertises this. I have found a workshop you can rent for £60 a day, but it has to be during the week and it's a long way away... and to be honest, I'd rather have somebody who knows what they are doing cut the material for me.

Does anybody have any suggestions?

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You can get a circ saw for your £60. All you need is a couple of sawhorses and a sheet of ply (or mdf, or old kitchen worktop) for your working area, couple of small clamps and you are all set. You'll get it right after a few goes.

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