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I don't do many siding jobs but a couple times a year a customer I've done work for will ask me if I will do their siding. I usually just throw together some scrap for making a quick cutting table. I used a buddies sawbuck a couple of times and it worked good but he doesn't have it anymore. I was wondering if anyone has a picture of a siding cutting table they have made? I would like to build a nice one to cut vinyl and also aluminum soffit that I can keep and bring to a job when needed. Was thinking of making one that can pivot for cutting different angles. So if anyone could post pics of ones they built or any added features they came up with I would appreciate it. I know they sell them but don't really want to take the money right now for something I won't use that much. Thanks
 

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We just use a sliding chop saw. Install a plywood blade but put it in backwards. Ours only goes to about 50 degrees so any thing more we just end up cutting by hand.
 

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This belongs to a friend of mine. The sawguide is locked on to square with two pins, when you need to cut an angle, pull top pin and swing the guide to proper angle and reinsert pin. It's a little cumbersome to move around, but the long table is awesome for cutting long lengths.:thumbsup:
 

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30 years ago i used this every day, dont know if you siding guys still do, put the blade in backwards, off you go. Those long angle rake cuts are a pleasure

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I use a craftsman radial armsaw to cut, and as for the table I use a 2x12-12' and a 1x4 nailed to the back of it. works good and is easy to move around by yourself:thumbsup:
 

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I used to use two old 16' aluminum garage door panels on saw horses for my cut table - and the other two 16' panels on the sides of the 16' trailer when hauling off the old siding.

They where light weight, easy to move and FREE at the garage door shop.
 

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This belongs to a friend of mine. The sawguide is locked on to square with two pins, when you need to cut an angle, pull top pin and swing the guide to proper angle and reinsert pin. It's a little cumbersome to move around, but the long table is awesome for cutting long lengths.:thumbsup:
this one looks great.


i just take a piece of osb about 20" wide and 4' long with 2"x2"x6' screwed to the top and bottom. Looks like a railroad track,lol. the 2x2 boards extend past the end of the osb so another 8' piece of osb can tuck into the slots. then a 12" by 4" long of osb screwed to the top of the table and another 3" scrap is screwed to the 12"x4' osb so my saw can ride along.


we can even pivot the "arm" so we can cut gables. wish i had the table here to post a pic.
its light weight and costs almost nothing. if we leave it at a job and gets stolen, we are not out much
 

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ya'll are fancy.......I just pull siding out of the box and use 14' sheers and hand cut it. Sometimes I cut it on the ladder 2 storys up

Glad a read this I gotta sharpen my sheers before i use em on siding again I've been cutting alot of 24ga steel lately with em
 

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Red,some of the new types of soffit can be a real bear to cut.the t 3 1/3 has a 3/4'' profile tuff to get your snips thru that

being able to cut more than 1 pc at a time really helps cutting beaded porch panel which are only 6''-8'' wide
 

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30 years ago i used this every day, dont know if you siding guys still do, put the blade in backwards, off you go. Those long angle rake cuts are a pleasure
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I used a radial arm for a long time but it blows circuits.
I built a plywood cutting table plywood 5/4 on front and back 1x8 track with ix2 guides worked nice for a couple of years
Then I picked up the dial an angel and that
Worked for 10 years until someone else decided they liked it to more then me (stolen): furious:
I just bought the cross buck a couple of years ago and besides being heavy its great. : Clap:
 

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I just threw one together from scrap again. Think I'm going to take sometime in the next couple of weeks and build a nice one to keep at the shop. Thinking about buying some square aluminum tubing to use as the fence/support so it is more sturdy and lighter than 2x4s. And maybe a aluminum plate for the saw guide. Would look kinda funny having a 3/4" plywood table with nice aluminum on it!! I like the idea of pins to change the angle. Was thinking about using wing nuts but pins would be better. Thanks for the ideas.
 

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We use a makita 8.25 circular saw and cut the siding or soffit in the box. Our cutting benches are set up to cut 3" of material and is made of 2 pieces of angle steel on top of a osb deck with 2x3 guides. The 2x3 are laged to the osb and the angle metal squares off with the 2x3 guides. Cross cut only.
 

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update

I'm sure everyone already has a setup but in case anyone is interested I made my own cutting table. I started with a 24" piece of 3/4" ply 8' long. On the bottom of that I attached two aluminum 1 1/2"x1 1/2" supports. I ripped a 2x4 in half lengthwise and then ran it on my jointer to make sure they were straight and attached these to the top of the 3/4" ply table. For the saw guide I used a piece of 1/4" thick aluminum that was 6" wide by 4' long with another piece of 1/4" aluminum 1" wide by 4' long attached on top. To line the saw guide up I drilled holes in the 2x4 halves and pounded steel pipe inserts in so the wood wouldn't wear out. And I use aluminum pins to go threw the saw guide into the inserts. I set the inserts at the common angles for roof pitches.

Think that's it. This thing should last a while and only cost about 30 bucks to build. It is light weight and serves it's purpose. I'll try to get some pictures up sometime soon but thought I would share what I came up with in case anyone else wants a cheap but quality home built siding table.
 

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I used to set up a rig with sawhorses, a couple 8'x 16" plywood, and a radial arm saw. Worked great, except for low pitches.

I have one of those tapco cut tables now, got it a few years back.
 
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