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I made this some time ago and have since made another better one in the same way, but slightly larger and with non slip mat glued to the bottom of the rail. It generally requires no clamping.
I’ve seen a lot of people make their own but the down fall to some is that they attach a guide rail to the bottom of the saw rendering it useless for normal use unless you detach the guide rail.
I went the other way and have the guide rail dadoed into the track, and then I have attached a 6mm sub base to my saw that has a dado routed in it. This allows me to use the saw without the track and provides a zero clearance for cleaner cuts.
Both the rail and sub base is made from scrap laminate flooring and is very hard-wearing and most importantly,
free !!
I lose 12mm depth of cut but I only use this saw for panels mostly so it is still sufficient.
On the down side, the blade guard is inoperable, so i am in the habit of not lifting the saw until the blade stops moving.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 770 days ago

Looks like a winner.

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Mark Davisson

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#2 posted 770 days ago

How did you attach the saw base to the saw, double-sided tape? Screws?

Eurekazone does it the same way you did, Gavin, with the dado in the saw base. http://eurekazone.com/product-catalog/ez-saw-bases

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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dakremer

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#3 posted 770 days ago

very clever idea!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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vakman

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#4 posted 769 days ago

Excellent modification. Lots of circ saws come with holes drilled into the base plate for rigging up stuff like this, well done for taking advantage of it.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 769 days ago

Nice job, I Have two of thses using a fence instead of a dado. I like your idea, that is cleaver. Nice post!

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

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gavinzagreb

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#6 posted 769 days ago

Thanks everyone.
Mark, the sub base is attached with a very thin double sided tape. It does not move and is extremely hard to get off ! I left the factory edge of the saw base exposed and once the sub base was attached, I ran it across the router table to make the dado. That way it is parallel to the blade.

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 769 days ago

Great idea!
I made the other one, with the track in the flat guide and the mating piece on the saw. But, with my Skil worm drive, the attachment holes were there already and I use wing nuts on the bolts. Maybe 30 seconds on or off.
Yours, however, does offer the benefit of a ZCI.

-- 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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gavinzagreb

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#8 posted 769 days ago

I remember yours Gene. You have the advantage of your blade guard still working.
My saw doesn’t have any holes in the base and it’s a nice cast aluminium base that I didn’t want to drill holes in.
My next plan is to mount the router on to it. I figure if i use the set up many use for a router circle jig, where by you utilize the edge guide rods of the router to adjust the position, then you can always adjust it so the cutter will be right on the edge of the saw guide no matter what size bit you are using. Makes lining it up for dados and edge trimming simple without having to figure out offsets.

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Mark Davisson

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#9 posted 769 days ago

“I left the factory edge of the saw base exposed and once the sub base was attached, I ran it across the router table to make the dado. That way it is parallel to the blade.”

Gavin, that’s brilliant! Great job!

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 769 days ago

If it works then why not do it. It’ will save you some money.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 769 days ago

”My next plan is to mount the router on to it. I figure if i use the set up many use for a router circle jig, where by you utilize the edge guide rods of the router to adjust the position, then you can always adjust it so the cutter will be right on the edge of the saw guide no matter what size bit you are using. Makes lining it up for dados and edge trimming simple without having to figure out offsets.”

A heckuva good idea. I gotta remember that one.

-- 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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Mike DeCarlo

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#12 posted 769 days ago

Looks like you saved yourself at least $500… good job!

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NormG

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#13 posted 769 days ago

What a great idea, solves the ability to continue to use the saw by it self also

-- Norman

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SkolVikes

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#14 posted 769 days ago

“BRILLIANT !”

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Claymation

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#15 posted 769 days ago

excellent idea and good idea for “parallelling” the dado. I’m going to make one.

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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