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Blog entry by Gene Howe posted 02-25-2013 02:23 PM 2372 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a piece of track in a piece of 3/4” ply.
The insert is held to the saw plate with bolts and wing nuts.
In use, just line up the blade side of the jig with your cut lines and clamp. Always clamp on the good side so the blade cuts in the “waste”.

Two critical requirements:
1. Insure that the ply is wide enough so that, when the saw is in use, there is enough room for it to pass the clamps. Also, make it wide enough so that the initial cut will establish the cut line.
2. If you must drill holes in the plate for the attachment bolts, insure that both they are both the EXACT same distance from the blade. I was lucky. The old Skill 77 had stock holes.
You’ll note that I mounted the insert with a bit sticking out the front of the saw plate. Makes it easier to see when inserting it into the track.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton



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Belg1960

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 02:27 PM

Thank you very much, Gene. I appreciate this posting very much. The warnings and tips are appreciated. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 02:32 PM

Pretty nifty shop addition!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 03:30 PM

I was thinking along these same lines last week. Thanks for posting…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 03:38 PM

Looks like a winner

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 05:26 PM

One caution I forgot. In order for the guide to remain accurate you must always use the same brand and tooth configuration used when the initial cut in the jig is made.

Thanks for the comments, guys.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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boxcarmarty

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 07:05 PM

Oh sure Gene, Change the rules on us half way thru…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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DeLayne Peck

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 07:26 PM

I always love it when one of us beats “Store Bought.” Good one!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 12:13 AM

Very nice and simple. Witch means it works. Nice job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 01:52 AM

Very clever Gene…..this looks like quite the handy gadget…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 04:36 AM

Marty,
Change keeps it interesting….at least that’s what I tell her.

DJ,
Thanks.
In my case, necessity is the mother of a design rip off. Festool does have some good ideas.

Dave,
See above and, thanks.

Jeff,
It is handy. And, a time saver as well as a darned accurate tool.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 01:16 PM

They say the best things in life are free! Looks like a great job of pilferage!!!

I keep saying I need to build a:
circular saw guide….
Super Sled….
Router dado jig….
Thein Top Hat Pre-Seperator….
&
&
&

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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KOVA

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#12 posted 02-27-2013 03:22 AM

GENIO-GENE: GRACIAS POR DARNOS IDEAS PARA NO GASTAR $$$$$$
AMIGO!!!!!!! ES UNA GUÍA DE CORTE MEJOR QUE LAS QUE VENDEN POR CATÁLOGO
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 02-27-2013 02:08 PM

No hay problema, Kova.
No soy un genio. Yo soy ahorrativo.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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