|Forum topic by Paul||posted 09-18-2011 03:19 PM||7428 views||3 times favorited||4 replies|
09-18-2011 03:19 PM
I put some thought into buying a track saw but I just don’t like tools around that aren’t used often, especially a 700 dollar tool. My other issue is that the big companies have created a whole new tool rather than offering the attachments to make their circular saws do what the track saw does. Think about it…... the circular saw makes the cut but to make the cut perfectly straight they want you to buy a whole new saw rather than offer a plate attachment to go onto you circular saw which would then mate to a track. Also, why are they charging 2-3 hundred dollars for a track 5’ long?
Someone asked me to build them two self standing coat closets which were pretty tall. I had Big box make the long rip cuts which also helped me transport the panels home,. But the cuts were off in measurements and in square. I spent some time correcting them which forced me to look for an alternative to the track saw.
I got a simple U track from Big box and routed it into a piece of wood I had in the garage. I epoxied it in.
If you make this make the track board a little wider than you circular saw so that it will not hit your clamps while passing them.( I didn’t do but will on the second one I make) I used particle board but I think a piece of MDF would be better because even though it’s cut clean, to the touch it has that particle board feel. MDF would be a nicer feel and easier to sight to the cut marks.