After my first project, I found out how important precise cuts are. My second project was SO much better when I got more precise with my saw. Those projects involved boards I could cut myself with the miter saw.
Today I went to one of the box stores to start on my third project, which involves plywood. I don't have the know-how to cut it myself (I so wish I did). The cuts are horrible. He marked the cuts with a highlighter (how do you get a precise cut with a thick highlighter?). I needed two pieces 12" wide for the hutch sides. I got one 1/8" shy of 12" and another almost 1/4" larger. When I asked if we could even them up, he said it was real close and he thought I could "make it work". Since when is 1/4" "real close" in woodworking?
How do you get them to give you accurate cuts? I had hoped I would get all my pieces cut out to their measurements and now I have little hope to even get accurate "Ana boards" (like when she says to have them rip a plywood sheet into 1x16s). This guy couldn't give me two accurate 12" wide pieces.
I don't know what to do now. Does anyone have them cut your entire project out? Have you had success with that? Asking for an experienced associate would not have helped with this guy. He knew how to work the saw (even helped another associate with it) and thought he was accurate. He even made a show of remeasuring the cut after he pulled it off the saw and put it on the carrier. The other cuts besides the 12" boards were somewhat better, but none were right on.
I guess I would like to know:
1)Is there a good reference for learning how to rip your own sheet of plywood out there? I'm scared to death of the circular saw (kick back), but willing to work through that after this. I just need to know what I'm supposed to be doing.
2)How accurate should I expect the cuts to be at orange/blue? I know 1/4" isn't acceptable, but do others generally get good accuracy at the box stores?
3)Anyone get their entire projects cut out at orange/blue? Or just get them cut into the board widths and then cut them down themselves?
Thanks for any help. Highly discouraged tonight...