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Project by Scott posted 01-04-2018 04:05 AM 3219 views 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to build a track saw for a while and finally got around to it. I wanted to be able to use my circular saw for that and didn’t want to permanently modify it. So I built an extremely tight fitting sled that the saw sits in out of 1/2” plywood. My maximum depth of cut is only 1” but I will only ever be cutting a Max of 3/4” plywood with it. I used 1” wide aluminum bar stock I got from Tractor Supply. For the track, I used 3/4” plywood I had left over from some cabinets I built a while ago. I made a 5’ and 8’ long track. I use a spring clamp at each end of the track to hold the track in correct spot while cutting. I used my 3/4” dado stack in my table saw to cut the groove. I made two passes to achieve a 1” wide groove. I put a dial indicator on the back side of my fence so I knew exactly how wide it was. I made my groove 0.010” wider than my runner to give some running clearance. The circular saw “sled” will slide down the entire track with a light push. I also added a removable square to my 5’ track so you can easily and quickly make 90 degree cuts. I wanted it removable in case I ever needed to cut an angle on a sheet of plywood. I finished everything with some paste wax. I’ve used it a few times and it makes breaking down sheet goods so much faster. I couldn’t be happier!





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Pabs

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#1 posted 01-04-2018 03:43 PM

nice… I`ve been meaning to make a jig like this.
what kind of spring clamps do you use? can you show a pic?

-- Pabs

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 01-04-2018 03:48 PM

This is a very nice track saw.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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majuvla

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#3 posted 01-04-2018 05:17 PM

So cool and logical concept, I just wonder why my version isn’t like that – back to garage!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-04-2018 05:56 PM

Nice job! I built a similar one. As you stated, the only problem I ran into is that the 2 stacked pieces of plywood really limits the depth you can cut with it. i.e. 2” thick slabs, but it works great for sheet goods and lumber less than 2” thick. I like how the saw sits inside the recess. Great idea as you don’t need to fuss with detaching it when you just want to use the circular saw. Nice work.

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 01-04-2018 07:55 PM

I really need to make one of these.

Nice job!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Scott

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#6 posted 01-04-2018 10:27 PM

Pabs, I use some spring clamps I got from the Orange box stores for $1/each. I use one at each end just for good measure. I clamp the plywood I’m cutting to the track on the opposite side of the cut. I made the track wider than the sled so I had room to clamp. I used spring clamps because they are such low profile so the motor of the saw would clear it.

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#7 posted 01-05-2018 02:32 AM

Great project for my shop. Thanks for posting your project.

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oldskoolmodder

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#8 posted 01-08-2018 04:06 AM

Nice job. I made one a few years ago, and love that I didn’t pay an arm & a leg for it, just because of the name.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#9 posted 01-08-2018 11:25 AM

Been planning one of these will save.

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GCWC

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#10 posted 01-09-2018 02:06 AM

VERY NICE and well thought out..I need to build one

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