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Workshop tip: Collapsible reducing body makes it simple to interrupt down massive elements


The genesis of this tip was my want for a protected, cheap floor for breaking down sheet items and lengthy boards. Shifting massive items over my cupboard noticed is harder than reducing them with a monitor noticed or round noticed. This folding body gives the sacrificial floor I used to be on the lookout for, and in addition seems to be an important place for drilling, routing, reducing with a jigsaw, and so forth.

parts of the collapsible cutting frame

Created from a number of lengths of strong wooden or plywood, joined with frequent hinges, the body folds out to take a seat securely on sawhorses, putting its prime floor at an ergonomic top for all kinds of handheld energy instruments.

using a collapsible cutting frame

storing the collapsible cutting frame

At 72 in. by 30 in., totally prolonged, it’s massive sufficient to assist a full sheet of plywood or MDF, and the ends might be folded in to break down the body for smaller workpieces (or collapse it utterly for storage). Whether or not the body is partly collapsed or totally prolonged, elective 2x2s drop into notches alongside the highest to assist cutoffs. Folded flat, it hangs on a wall in my store and could be very simple to move.

Sized to match the peak of your tablesaw, this reducing body may double as a foldaway outfeed desk in a small store.

—ROBERT KIRKENDALL, West Linn, Ore.

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Superb Woodworking problem #295

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