How diy track – youtube, Make easy track skill track battery powered circular scrap plywood. A variation on the idea noted by other commentators, who suggest using the non-saw edge for routing applications, is to use that edge for non-motor side of the saw guided cuts — the saws have right-handed or left-handed blade visibility and sometimes I have situations that force me to cut in an opposite-handed position, so having the other edge set up can help.
It’s a Saturday morning, ive had a hellashish week putting a job right that I subbed to an install crew, and I’m dog tired (the job is straightened out and the sub has been fired); I had no interest in going to the shop this weekend, tired of it all but having seen this video and article I absolutely have to go and build the table you have designed!
If you are tempted to keep the jig lighter by making the fence more narrow, be careful because the width adds rigidity which is critical for an accurate cutting guide, and it also provides more surface for clamping so that the clamp does not interfere with the circular saw operation, (I just saved you having to throw away your ‘rough draft’ project like I did with mine).
I feel that i make educated purchases of some of the best tools in the business but festool continues to charge at least twice as much for theyrs. I have been thinking about cobbling together a plate or something to cover up the side of the saw to improve DC. I was told to stay away from the DeWalt saw from my local shop(who sells all three brands). Somewhere several years ago I saw something simliar in a WW mag, except the guy had used melamine for the base, and slotted shelf standards for the rails.
Thus I wanted to use a guide that locked in the saw, either in a channel like the one I built, or some kind of track like the two videos earlier. With a circular saw, as long as your measurements are precise, you can get precision, if you can control the saw well. I know one can make your own saw guide to do the same thing but the Festool has some really nice features. Festool’s MFT table can be outfitted to make these cuts accurately and safely, but the MFT set up like this would be as expensive as the saw. With the addition of the Super Smart Router Kit (SSRK) it can be turned into a router table.
A good old fashioned edge guide and reasonable $25 blade can still break down panels, and doors in this case, with fine results. I wanted something that would deliver a chip-free edge on veneered plywood that would rival what a panel saw or high end guide system could deliver. I do, however, sometimes think I might be happier with a track saw that keeps the same line for angle cuts.
The trick is to make the edge of the wider piece further from the thin piece than the distance of your saws blade is from the edge of the sole, then cut it through to make it the same. You can order your Woodpeckers Track Saw Guide System with the Systainer case, Woodcraft Item #132224 , including a custom-cut foam interior, the ideal storage solution for your Festool system tools and many other brand track systems. But two simple reasons prevent me and most other hobbyist woodworkers from taking the plunge into panel saw ownership. After backing up my tool trailer and dropping the ramp, I pull out the two saw horses and place them where I want the bench.
And, in the course of writing this article, the new Woodworkers Journal came out with a cover story on track saws, and named it the Best Value.” It may be time for me to try out Makita again. Whether you use a table saw or a circular saw, precision isn’t based on the tool but on how you control the tool. One advantage the Makita has over the Festool is that it has a lock lever that attaches it to the track for bevel cuts.
Rout a proper-depth groove the length of the rail, and run the circ saw down the rail to cut the hardboard to blade-width, thus making it a ZCI. If not, personally (and I know it is a passion for Dino), I would like to see you invite them over here, as so many schools are loosing that section of learning from their budgets, in part due to rising insurance costs from old tools like the table saw. After working for some time where we had a panel saw available at the shop, I really began to appreciate how easy it did the job.
Song / Music / Video with title/name Diy Track Saw is delivered from Youtube and maybe containing a video’s copy right. After viewing the videos and reading the manual there were still some head scratching moments like for the indexing bolts – but eventually figured it out and am in the process of building the fence after jointing the 2×6. The festool has a single pivot for the plunge like a chopsaw, the dewalt has a double pivot which makes for a smooth plunge.
I thought about attaching a plate to my saw, but when I took a closer look at my Porter Cable, it didn’t look that easy so I moved on. Either a track like Festools’, or the ‘straight edge mounted to a sacrificial base’ or the version I showed above will get you right to the cut line with less measuring or chances for errors. I had to disassemble the cutting table once, and move it, and it was really easy to do! I have the Bosch 4000 TS and I am definitely going to keep using it, but since I got the Festool ts 55 Saw with the guide rails I keep using it more and more.
The reason for using aluminum for the track base (you could use wood) is the ease of finding it in longer lengths easily (over 8-foot). When I do the next one I’m going to try setting the depth of cut to just below the rubber and make sure it’s fully supported by a sacrificial bit of chipboard. The next step was to measure the base of the saw and then divide it up in sections where we will be drilling some 3mm holes where the slide will be mounted to the saw. Later when I have a piece of ply I can always make another track, the bonus of using the chipboard is that the board is 2770mm long.
All in all, a great project, easy to do, and well worth it. I plan to make another set in a few weeks purely for use on my MFT table copy. Every project I have been on with this work of art has ended up with my clients—both men and women—spending more time admiring the table than the work for which I was being paid! The track you are talking about is a lot less work, and would probably work great, and little concern about accuracy (other than getting the saw mounted right). The main advantage of the Festool is that it’s integrated into the whole Festool system.
I paid for a Festool tracksaw (smaller one) a year ago and love it – MUCH better, more accurate & CLEANER cuts on plywood than a table saw (which was better than a panel saw IMHO). This should also be able to use the circular saw’s built-in safety guards, as long as you don’t build the ZCIs and such to impede them significantly. For my track saw system, I would like to use aluminum track similar to what Eureka Zone and the likes use in their system.
Somewhere along the way, he picked up CAD skills, and began designing homes with a strong interest in designing and building for minimum environment impact—it is so much more than insulated windows and an efficient furnace. While the video from Husker is good, why bother, Matt’s jig is perfect and you don’t have to modify your saw. I tell you that because even though I have a table saw now and a safe way to use it, I still prefer the track saw all day.
Since I will be doing a few storage cabinet projects for the new shop, I made two new saw boards to replace my older ones that were getting worn out. Instead of using a full chunk of t-track, just use a small piece of aluminum flat bar the length of the circular saw’s shoe”, and ¼ or 1/8 inch thick. The blades are oddball sizes: 6-1/2 in. for DeWalt and Makita, 6-1/4 in. for Festool.