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Project by Thorreain posted 10-13-2015 08:50 PM 1702 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this from a few different ideas. It has a floating bottom and fence. Any questions just ask.

-- Chris, Charlottetown, PEI. I Gotsta Know, Is It Loaded?





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mahdee

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#1 posted 10-14-2015 03:51 PM

It looks interesting. Does the blade run along the sides or in the middle. I’ve been wanting to make one but so far, I have been hesitant for 2 reasons. 1- Do I really need one? 2- Where do I hang another jig :)

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matermark

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#2 posted 10-14-2015 05:26 PM

Could you go thru and explain its features and how it’s used? Never seen one made that way…

-- So economically handicapped I'm strictly on a strictly strict budget...

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Thorreain

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#3 posted 10-14-2015 06:08 PM

The base is 3/4” birch plywood with the fence attached sticking up into the air. Opposite the fence is a smaller fence opposite. Another 1/2” piece of plywood with a fence floats on top of the base. The two fences are held together with t nuts and knobs, along with springs in between so the top fence/ ply can be adjusted. The saw blade runs perpendicular to the fence in the middle of the jig. The jig runs on guide pieces that fit into the saw top guide groves. To make a square cut I remove the top braces and knobs, then use the clamp to secure the stock tight to the fence. The floating fence can be adjusted up to plus or minus 3 degrees off the base 90 degrees. I usually run a test piece thru then fine adjust until I get a perfect cut. When cutting a 45 degree I can simply adjust the top guides by putting a square on the cut line then moving the guide in and thightening the knobs.

-- Chris, Charlottetown, PEI. I Gotsta Know, Is It Loaded?

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Thorreain

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#4 posted 10-14-2015 06:14 PM

-- Chris, Charlottetown, PEI. I Gotsta Know, Is It Loaded?

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matermark

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#5 posted 10-14-2015 06:45 PM

Thanks, I didn’t understand the long fence bolts and the floating concept of the sled; I assumed the blade was in the center but didn’t see a kerf cut in the original pics.

-- So economically handicapped I'm strictly on a strictly strict budget...

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#6 posted 10-14-2015 06:58 PM

So, the “floating” fence is just to provide adjustability in case it gets out of square?

There was obviously a lot of thought and effort that went into this design and build and I’m certain it has some excellent features. Unfortunately I just can’t wrap my head around exactly why it’s constructed the way it is.

Oh wait… do the top pieces of plywood (that house the t-tracks) slide side-to-side to accomodate different kerf widths/bevel cuts/dadoes? If so, I think I’ve got a handle on it!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Thorreain

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#7 posted 10-15-2015 11:01 AM

The top ply/fence that contains the tracks does slide from side to side as well it rotates or pivots on the top of the base to allow for total adjustment of the cut.

The guide fences allow for adjustments of the 45deg cuts.

-- Chris, Charlottetown, PEI. I Gotsta Know, Is It Loaded?

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