Homemade track saw

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Project by dragonnotes posted 01-10-2013 03:00 PM 16820 views 31 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the first jigs I ever made. Got the plans from an 2004 issue of “The Ultimate Jigs & Fixtures Handbook,” published by August home publishing. The top strip of plywood joins together 2 pieces of track that span a little over 8’ the single track measures about 60”

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 03:40 PM

Good job! Nice jig.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-10-2013 03:45 PM

Very creative,good job.

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#3 posted 01-10-2013 03:49 PM

NICE… saw something simular in an issue of woodsmith and everytime I am clamping a 2×4 to a project I am working on I swear I am gonna make one…lol Good job!!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 03:59 PM

Nice job, havent seen this style before I have 2 of them one 4 footer and an 8 footer but they dont have that T track. Interesting. Nice post thx for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 01-10-2013 04:01 PM

Nice job! Looks like your set up to make a streight cut!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 01-10-2013 06:16 PM

Straight cuts made easy…. good job, thank you for sharing

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#7 posted 01-10-2013 06:27 PM

When I saw that plan I asked myself “would I bother to put the baseplate on my saw?” My question for you – do you find yourself removing the baseplate, or do you just leave it on?
I opted for Emerson clamp guides, and a shop made 10’ edgeguide. Mine doesn’t have a channel to lock the saw in place, but I also don’t need to use a baseplate. I rarely make finish cuts with my circular saw, unless the width exceeds my TS capacity.

Decisions, decisions…

Thanks for the great post!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 01-10-2013 07:08 PM

Very nice. You may have inspired me for this weekend’s project.

-- Joe from Western Ma.... Peace to all

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#9 posted 01-10-2013 08:41 PM


-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#10 posted 01-11-2013 01:47 AM

Well done. I need to try this out myself

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you need a bigger hammer.

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#11 posted 01-11-2013 02:20 AM

cheaper than a festool

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#12 posted 01-11-2013 04:15 AM

Pintodeluxe, I just leave the base plate on that saw. If anyone needs anymore info i.e.measurements, etc. Let me know. Id be happy to share what I have.

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#13 posted 01-11-2013 05:05 AM

Great job. “Take that,” Festool. :-)

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#14 posted 01-11-2013 06:34 AM

Very ingenious tool

-- Norman

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#15 posted 01-11-2013 12:48 PM

dragonnotes, can you scan the plans into a .pdf?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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