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Project by joey502 posted 11-18-2014 03:02 PM 10080 views 42 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am currently working on a dollhouse for my daughter’s 18” American Girl dolls. I decided I needed a new circ saw and crosscut guide for it.

The guide is 30” long, I don’t think I have ever needed to square anything wider than 24”. I used a left over piece of t track for my rail and cut a dado in the guide to match the rail. The most time consuming part was getting the rail parallel to the blade.

The saw is a Ridgid 6 1/2” from HD. I chose this saw because it is a couple pounds lighter than the larger diameter saws and it meets all my needs.





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mtalley

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#1 posted 11-18-2014 04:06 PM

I like it. all sorts or track options with just a 3/4 dado cut. very nice

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#2 posted 11-18-2014 04:28 PM

Nice design!

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#3 posted 11-18-2014 05:13 PM

That is really cool. Great job

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#4 posted 11-18-2014 05:56 PM

Nice idea. Looks like it would work great.

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#5 posted 11-18-2014 06:16 PM

did you have to drill the holes in the base of the saw or were the hole already there?

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#6 posted 11-18-2014 06:28 PM

I had to drill and tap all of the holes, both in the base plate of the saw and the t track.

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#7 posted 11-18-2014 06:49 PM

Very smart idea and it sure beats holding the saw against a rail.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 11-18-2014 06:59 PM

What material are you using for the anti-skid stuff on the bottom of the track?

Don

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#9 posted 11-19-2014 01:34 AM

That’s pretty clever.
Never seen a miter bar on a circ saw before. Now that I have, I can imagine all kinds of uses. Why don’t the manufactures make an option like this?

Good job, I like it.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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joey502

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#10 posted 11-19-2014 02:31 AM



What material are you using for the anti-skid stuff on the bottom of the track?

Don

- Don “Dances with Wood” Butler

I am not sure what anti skid you are referring to. The base is simply 2 layer of 1/4 sanded plywood and a layer of 3/16 hardboard laminated together with a dado cut in it. The bottom layer is wider than the middle and top to allow it to be clamped to the work. The dado was cut using a 3/4” pattern bit and was cut about 1/16 deeper than the guide bar is thick.

I prefer laminating thin pieces vs. a single 3/4. I use 1 1/4 thick MDF stir treads (cheap and flat from Lowes) cauls to laminate the 3 thin sheets. This method gives me a flat and rigid base.

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#11 posted 11-19-2014 02:32 AM

I agree with others great idea, might have to do that this weekend. Thx for sharing

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 11-19-2014 02:37 AM



That s pretty clever.
Never seen a miter bar on a circ saw before. Now that I have, I can imagine all kinds of uses. Why don t the manufactures make an option like this?

Good job, I like it.
Steve

- SPalm

They are busy trying to reinvent the wheel.

The aluminum t track has a million good uses.

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#13 posted 11-19-2014 02:40 AM

Thanks for the kind words from everyone.

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#14 posted 01-04-2015 05:19 PM

nice work here, another one I might have to give a try to as I cut a lot of sheet goods down… thanks for posting…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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