Panel Saw

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Using the TinkerMill Panel Saw Model Number: Needed

The panel saw (router, in this situation).

Usage Guidelines:[edit]

1. Users must be certified to use this tool prior to operation. It is a highly precise tool. Respect the tool. Pay particular attention to keeping fingers clear of the saw blade.

2. You must use dust collection and clean up the space around the tool after using it. The dust hose should feed through the hole above the pulley at the top of the panel.

3. Do not make adjustments to the alignment. Contact a shop captain for help first if something looks out of alignment.

4. Always cut in the direction of the arrow. The arrow should point down for vertical cuts, and to the left for horizontal cuts.

5. Cut speed should be about 1 ft/sec. Allow saw to reach full speed before the start of the cut.

6. Make sure wood is not touching the blade before the start of the cut.

7. Consider clamping the wood to the rack when making vertical cuts.

8. This tool is designed for breaking down large sheet goods, such as a large 4x8ft piece of plywood. Other tools including the table saw are better suited for final dimensioned cuts and smaller (i.e. less than 3x3 foot plywood) pieces.

9. The measure strips are accurate.

10. When you are finished, unplug the saw; vacuum the tool, as well as the ground under and behind it; tighten the screws on the carriage.

Cut types[edit]


Vertical cuts, cross cuts, are made by holding the trigger of the saw and moving the saw on the carriage. The arrow should be pointed down. Pull the trigger at the top and move the saw down at about 1 foot per second. The carriage will start up and move vertically down.


Horizontal cuts, rips, are made by locking the carriage in place with the screws, holding the trigger down with the attached black trigger clamp. Make sure the arrow is pointing to the left, and push the material through to the right. Start by pushing the material into the blade, and finish the cut by pulling the cut pieces, supporting the top piece.


We have a router that is compatible with the panel saw. You must be checked out to swap the router and circular saw.

General Usage Video of a Panel Saw[edit]

Users Manual[edit]