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03-20-2017 02:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tracksaw usage

I’ve seen the video’s that basically replace the plate of a regular circular saw with the little bumper/spacers so you can rip a sheet of plywood into strips using the previous cut edge as a guide.

However, I need to rip about 40 sheets of 1/2 ply in 6 inch-ish wide strips. I was going to buy a track saw, either a makita or festool, but I’m staring at it trying to figure out how to do something similar with the track of the saw so i can make sure each strip is the same width…

Anybody seen anything like this? I’m not even sure what to call it.

I can go with a regular saw and replace the bottom plate, but I’d like the better cut of the track saw.

I don’t have the room for a table saw at the present time.

Only thought I have is some kind of pre-cut spacers that sit between the track and the far side of the plywood, and just keep replacing the space with the next smaller one, push the track over, clamp, saw, lather rinse repeat.

Any suggestions appreciated.


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#1 posted 03-20-2017 02:41 PM

Make one of these except substitute a circular saw. It works exactly the same, costs almost nothing and will get all your pieces cut efficiently. You can set a combination square at six inches to quickly reset the jig or just use a six inch wide scrap.
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#2 posted 03-20-2017 02:50 PM

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Shop made parallel guides will make them the same width and welcome to LJs’ Mr.CPU

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 02:51 PM

I thought of that too, Paul, but not sure it can be done. He only wants 6” wide pieces.

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 02:56 PM

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 03:11 PM


I thought of that too, Paul, but not sure it can be done. He only wants 6” wide pieces.

- papadan


The jig shown cuts exactly where it’s edge is set. You set the edge six inches back at each end with a gauge of some sort. I would use a combination square.

EDIT: Actually when I was cutting a lot of strips this way I used this gauge for setup.

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#7 posted 03-23-2017 10:46 PM

Track saw is nice. I have two of the 52”? long tracks for my makita, and a piece of 3/8” dowel (24” long or so) in the upper slot works great to get them joined and aligned. It’s a tight fit but makes it much more sturdy than the connection bar setup on the back alone.

If you do get the track saw stack 4 sheets up and cut them at the same time.
My makita has been great, but if you have a dewalt router I would look into a dewalt tracksaw just because you can get the router attachment for it for things like dado’s in really bowed sheets that are difficult to do on a tablesaw. I have the dewalt router adapter, and I can make it work with the makita track, but not as well as it should.

The tracksaw/router setup can do what a tablesaw does, just takes longer. I didn’t have a tablesaw for 3 years, but my project backload got so big I needed the convenience.

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