$5.00 Shop Made Festool Parallel Guide

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Project by JZBowmannz posted 200 days ago 3708 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from 1/2” plywood strips and some 1/4” carriage bolts, washers and wing nuts. Carriage bolts have to be grind a bit to fit into the rail.

The metal plate is a piece of “Simpson Strong Tie” connecting plate cut into two pieces, bolted on the plywood with (4) #8 machine screws – countersink from plywood side. The existing holes were enlarged a little to fit the 1/4” bolts. The washers will provide additional flat spacer between metal plate and rail for plywood strips to sit flat on work piece.

The initial set up is to mark the cut line on the work piece, align the track to the mark, then tighten the stop. In some cases, I will clamp the 1/2” plywood strips onto the work piece instead of clamping on the rail when I needed by using regular clamps; they are also served as hard stops, because they are not as flimsy as the Festool one.

Total cost about $5.00 and less than an hour of time.

Hope that helps you.



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#1 posted 200 days ago

Good idea ,very well done.

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#2 posted 200 days ago

simple and effective, I like it, great work

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#3 posted 200 days ago

good idea!

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#4 posted 199 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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#5 posted 199 days ago

Super clever idea.
Love it.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 199 days ago

Great idea and project!

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#7 posted 199 days ago

Good idea

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#8 posted 199 days ago

Great creativity for the tool

-- Norman

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#9 posted 199 days ago



-- Mind is a terrible thing to waste or loose.

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#10 posted 199 days ago

Way cool

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#11 posted 199 days ago

Damn! I already spent the money.. Witch in my opinion is not worth it.. At all. They cause problems as well as fix some

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#12 posted 198 days ago

Creative approach! And you can’t beat the price!

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#13 posted 188 days ago

Well done!

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#14 posted 8 days ago

Great idea. I have been thinking about how I could make something like this. The Festool parallelogram thingie is fairly expensive.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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