|Forum topic by TTF||posted 09-26-2015 03:53 PM||3326 views||6 times favorited||23 replies|
09-26-2015 03:53 PM
I know there are a number of other post on this, but I thought I’d join in anyway. I made this track saw earlier this month.
The 5’ track is made of a 1/2” birch plywood base with 3/16” plywood attached. I could have routed a slot in a 3/4” piece as well – I just didn’t have any.
I wanted a dedicated circular saw that I could leave on the base. I found an older Makita at the thrift store for $15. It looked to have hardly been used. This thing is heavy, at it’s all in the motor – so I expect it to last.
I used High-Density-Overlay plywood for the base. It’s really slick, and slides easily on the track. It make a nice zero-clearance set-up for the blade.
I mounted a hardwood guide on the base, parallel with the blade. Glued and screwed.
I used paste-wax in the slot to make the saw slide easy. Gratuitous shot of my wood stove…
I cross-cut this plywood with zero tear-out – good result.
I like projects like this – a couple of hours and it’s done. For the amount if times I’ll use it, I think this is the right tool. If I were a contractor, I’d buy a commercial one – but I can’t justify hundreds of dollars for something I’ll use no more than once a month.
What’s left to do:
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