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Forum topic by EthanY posted 06-25-2018 10:49 AM 397 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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EthanY

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06-25-2018 10:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp track straight-line bora

Recently I purchased a straight clamping track from BORA TOOLS, the track came with several pieces that connect, the connections were a pain to get straight, and the rigidity when using the track for straight-lining with a saw or router was terrible. These tracks by Bora only come about 3 1/2 wide, so when using a 100 inch track, there is just too much bend when trying to get precise straight edges.

Im wondering if anyone has or used a clamping straight track that is WIDER than 3 1/2 inches, something thicker than can provide much better rigidity for long straight ripping. I only have this issue when Im using a 100 inch track, the shorter tracks do a very good job providing a nice straight cut.

Any advice is appreciated!


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Bill_Steele

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#1 posted 06-25-2018 03:01 PM

This response isn’t exactly what you are looking for—but maybe it can help. I have an inexpensive 2-piece straight edge that joins in the middle. For short rip cuts (LT 50”) it works fine. For longer rip cuts it is not rigid enough and will flex unless supported. I just clamp a support behind the fence and then measure from the edge to the fence to make sure it is the same in the middle as it is on each end.

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#2 posted 06-25-2018 04:54 PM

I bought one of the exact same clamps at Home Depot. I am unimpressed but it wasn’t that expensive compared to other systems I have seen. The main thing I don’t like about it is that the stop blocks don’t adjust well and they don’t hold the board edge very well. I will probably adjust it so it works better or use it as part of another jig some time but its not a big priority right now.

I don’t cut a lot of plywood for precision and I have been using a skillsaw for so long that I find I get a good enough cut with a chalk line and a bad attitude!

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clin

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#3 posted 06-25-2018 07:59 PM

I have a 99” called a Tru-Grip made by Griset Industries. It is over 5” wide and plenty stiff enough. I believe they are long out of business. However, I did find a reference that they were taken over, or at least copied and improved by PeachTree.

They have a Pro-Grip, wide body 105” edge clamp. This looks similar to mine. One thing I like about mine is the clamp lever swings both up or down. I use it a lot jointing long boards on my table saw. Being able to swing the clamp lever up means it won’t hit my table saw top. I do not know if the Peach Tree work this way or not.

https://www.ptreeusa.com/clamp_progrip.htm

-- Clin

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#4 posted 06-25-2018 08:39 PM

Bill_Steele’s idea works great!

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#5 posted 06-25-2018 10:19 PM

Thanks got all ideas, i have considered the clamping method, however with multiple pieces of track, it can probably still be a challenge, unless of course maybe just 2 pieces of track and a really accurate alignment. I may look into peachtree! I dont use a skill saw much straight-lining, but i do use a router to get a super clean edge. Thanks for all the response!

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