|Project by SebringDon||posted 03-01-2013 01:15 PM||20291 views||28 times favorited||8 comments|
As the son of a woodworker who lost a couple of fingers to a table saw (and with very limited shop room), I’ve been exploring alternative ways of ripping and cross-cutting. I’m using homemade tracks for ripping, and as long as I measure twice and cut once, I’m very happy with the results. I’m cutting parts for a horizontal panel saw, so my rips will soon be faster and cleaner.
Smaller pieces, however, get tricky with a large track overlaying the piece. That meant I was really happy to discover this jig plan from Wayne of the Woods. I made a few modifications to the design, generated my own .skp, and built my own version. One of the reasons for this jig is to cut some of the small pieces needed for the panel saw I mentioned above.
I extended the track to hold the saw when it’s not in use and changed some materials to make sure it was as accurate as possible. I also widened the track enough that my first cut trimmed the edge, so between the edge of the track and the edge of the saw kerf, I have a precise cut line defined. It turned out pretty nice. I still need to notch the track so the blade guard is down when the saw is “parked” outside the cutting table.
Thanks to the depth of the design, I can also use it to true up matching pieces. I got in a hurry making sides for a two-step dog stair, and one of my track cuts went a little wide. In the first picture you can see the two sides mounted in the jig, where I trimmed the oversized piece to match the other one perfectly.
With stop blocks, my cuts are as repeatable as a table saw, and it feels a whole lot safer to operate.
I have a SketchUp model if anyone’s interested; I just haven’t figured out how to attach it to a project post.