Cutting Plywood for Accuracy

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Want to build cabinets? If so, you’ll probably be using plywood or some other man-made sheet stock for the carcasses. Cutting plywood can be tricky. Who wants to flop those big sheets onto a table saw? It’s much easier to take the tool to the work in this case, instead of the work to a tool. A track saw makes short work of cutting plywood to size. But there are tricks you should pay attention to, in order to get accurate cabinet parts.


It’s very important to make sure that the cabinet parts are consistently dimensioned. The length of each piece has to be the same. The width of each piece has to be the same. Paying close attention to the cutting sequence will help you accomplish this.

Start by squaring the plywood. As you work, keep in mind that we want to remove all the factory edges from the parts. Once an end is square you can start cutting parts to length. Be sure to cut enough plywood to satisfy all the parts you need. With the parts cut to length it’s easiest if you switch from a track saw to an edge guide. This will keep the width of your pieces consistent.

More on cabinetmaking

When you get the hang of cabinet making the door opens for you to build shop or kitchen cabinets, vanities, book cases, and more. WoodWorkers Guild of America offers a great deal of instruction on cabinetmaking. Check it out.

More info

For more info on the Kreg Track Saw, and other Kreg products, visit, or call (800) 447-8638.

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5 Responses to “Cutting Plywood for Accuracy”
  1. Daniel

    I have been a woodworker since High School. (30 + years) I was always taught to keep the factory edge. Why do you say “cut it off”?

    • Customer Service

      Hi Daniel. A factory edge is subject to dents and chips. For fine woodworking it’s best to cut it off and start with a fresh edge that is crisp and free of dings.

  2. Roger

    I have always squared every plywood piece cut from a sheet of plywood. That still implies to me that mfgr. should shoot for square themselves out of the shute.

  3. leninsebastopol

    As the factory edge is not square then taking a line from it with the rule is not true either, no? Or is it simply avoiding edge chips & dings? And, thanks, Paul.

    • Customer Service

      Hello. Sometimes the factory edge is straight but not square with its adjacent edges. Cutting to a line that is square with that edge will establish a square sheet as a starting point to your project. Also it can give you a fresh edge that is not all chipped and dinged up.


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