Plenty of projects call for plywood or other sheet stock. If you don’t own a table saw, you might figure those projects are out of reach for you. Not so! Dave Munkittrick has come up with a great way to handle sheet goods. If you have a plywood-hungry project in mind, check out Dave’s great technique for cutting plywood without a table saw.
Dave’s got this process dialed in very well. He uses a jigsaw to rough out the material, and a shop-made straight edge in conjunction with a hand-held router to complete the pieces The key to the router work is bit selection. He’ll show you exactly what you need. A really cool aspect is that once you have one good piece, it becomes the template for your remaining pieces. It’s like using a cookie cutter on plywood. You’ll see that cutting plywood without a table saw is pretty simple.
Dave has been using this technique for quite a while, and is showing it here as part of his article covering How to Build a Bat House. The bat house is a great project to do on your own, or with a group. How about having a group of kids in your shop working on bat houses? Why bats? Their habitat is endangered all over the world. Plus, they eat tons of bugs a day. They provide an insecticide-free way to keep an area clear of flying pests.
Or, a Bird House
Maybe bat houses aren’t your thing, and you’d rather build for our feathered friends. If so, check out our bird house plans. They’re very simple, making this another great project to do with kids.
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Unfamiliar with pattern making bit. Seems vague to just do a rough cut about some distance past the line. Could point out a little about the bearing vs cut edge. I’ll check your other router links in the mean time.
Great idea i will use this a lot.
I am unable to find the plans for Dave’s Bat House. Maybe I’m just a little batty??
How about some more detail on how the router bit/collet/bearing is mounted and adjusted?
Hi, Bill. The bit is installed and adjusted as you would with any other bit. Do you have a specific question that we can address for you on this? If you are interested in some general guidelines on how to use a router we have tons of content on this: https://www.wwgoa.com/content/how-to-use-a-wood-router/.
You can do this faster with a good template and a circular saw.
Anxious for this to be reposted!
Great idea and explanation. Will adapt and implement immediately as I don’t have a full blown profession table saw. However, I gasp when I see him laying his router on the table while the bit is free spinning. How about some super imposed text with a safety warning?
Good catch. We are very safety conscious, but this slipped past us in the editing process. We are re-editing and removing this, and the updated version should be posted shortly. Thanks for pointing it out. (3707)