I have been planning my first Maslow build and thus reviewing many of the plans here in the forums for the frame. My plans have been to build a Maslow with a cutting area of 5’ X 8’ so I can fit a full sheet of standard 4’ X 8’ plywood or a 5’ X 5’ sheet of baltic birch. The frame will be made from 3/4" plywood ribs built into little torsion boxes for rigidity. The 12’ main top beam is made out of glued up CDX plywood to make a poor mans LVL for dimensions of 3"X6"X144".
The spoil board will be 1/2" MDF with a 96mm grid of 20mm holes so I can use the same bench dogs from my PaulK Workbench. This will enable me to position a board anywhere using a couple of dogs underneath the material and then two side friction clamps on the sides.
I have a couple of questions, how high do I need to make the top beam above the cutting area to be able to cut these two sizes of sheets (4X8 & 5X5)? Right now it is about 18" above the top of the cutting area, but that seems like I might need to go higher to ensure the sled can get to the top middle.
I welcome any feedback and tips on what might not work.
Here is an image of the sketchup rendering and one image of the sheets that I will cut for the frame pieces.