$5.00 Shop Made Festool Parallel Guide

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Project by JZBowmannz posted 02-02-2014 04:05 PM 9952 views 20 times favorited 15 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.



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

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#1 posted 02-02-2014 04:38 PM

Good idea ,very well done.

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 04:53 PM

simple and effective, I like it, great work

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#3 posted 02-02-2014 05:09 PM

good idea!

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 06:11 PM

Thank you for sharing.

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 06:28 PM

Super clever idea.
Love it.
Best thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 10:00 PM

Great idea and project!

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 10:14 PM

Good idea

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 01:02 AM

Great creativity for the tool

-- Norman

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 02:01 AM



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

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#10 posted 02-03-2014 03:17 AM

Way cool

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#11 posted 02-03-2014 05:12 AM

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 02-04-2014 01:22 AM

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

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#13 posted 02-14-2014 04:55 AM

Well done!

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#14 posted 08-12-2014 08:26 PM

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

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#15 posted 05-11-2015 08:23 PM

Genius. I had a lovely adventure setting up a parallel cut with my straight edge clamp and will be adapting your design for my home made parallel guides.

-- paxorion

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