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Forum topic by CMHCUTS posted 02-28-2017 03:44 PM 1289 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CMHCUTS

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02-28-2017 03:44 PM

Hello, this is my first time to your site. I look forward to getting help and helping others where I can.
I always seem to have trouble when I want to cut something down from say 48” to 29” on my TS. I have set up some guides for my circular saw but always seem to make errors. I really want to be able to use my TS, my saw currently only goes out to 16”. I’d rather build something versatile and more importantly, budget friendly.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 02-28-2017 04:05 PM

I assume you mean the fence only goes to 16” so you’re talking about a rip cut vs. a cross cut? For a cross cut, you have several options including a sled or miter gauge with a long fence and stop block. For wider rip cuts however, your options are pretty much limited to installing a different fence or getting longer guide rails for your current fence.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 02-28-2017 05:28 PM

welcome to the forum.
theres a couple ways to rip from 48 to 29. one way, that could make some scrap, is to rip 16” from the 48. then rip 3” off= your 29” piece. don’t wanna set the last cut exacly 3” as the kerf of the blade will take some width off the ply.
or, what I do when I have rip cuts to make that my ts cant handle is have it ripped to size where I purchase it.

there are other times I use my circ saw with a sharp,high tooth count blade. don’t remember the tooth count right off, but I have a freud diablo for the task. that and an aluminum straight edge clamped down works pretty good- as long as I have the plywood set up about waist high. that give me better control

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sawdustdad

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#3 posted 02-28-2017 05:58 PM

Learn how to use a circular saw with a guide fence clamped to the wood panel. There is no reason this can’t be spot-on accurate. A pair of saw horses, a couple 2×4s to support the work and a straight edge with a couple of clamps. Bob’s your uncle.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#4 posted 03-01-2017 08:57 AM



Learn how to use a circular saw with a guide fence clamped to the wood panel. There is no reason this can t be spot-on accurate. A pair of saw horses, a couple 2×4s to support the work and a straight edge with a couple of clamps. Bob s your uncle.

- sawdustdad


+1
And if you want to get fancy build one of the many youtube “DIY track saw”. Sprayed rubberized paint on the bottom of mine. It’s not a Festool but I made it without buying anything. Super accurate and no clamping needed.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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Kelster58

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#5 posted 03-01-2017 11:28 AM

Careful work with a circular saw is the way to go. I use clamps and a 1/4” x 2” x 100” piece of aluminum flat bar as a guide to break down my sheet goods. I can’t afford a track saw. Measure twice and cut once. Precise measurements and a good framing square gets me almost perfect cuts every time.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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dhazelton

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#6 posted 03-01-2017 01:06 PM

Yup – circular saw and guide.

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