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Forum topic by SeaWitch posted 11-10-2011 03:23 AM 5251 views 2 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2011 03:23 AM

I have lots of ply to cut up. I’m too lazy to cut plywood 1st with the CS and 2nd with a TS for accuracy, and too cheap to buy a good tracksaw. So I made a 10’ track for my CS. Husband got me some aluminum strips from his old business partner, and I mounted them on some plywood and some 1 X 4’s underneath. The whole contraption is fastened on each end. I still have to tidy it up a bit, but it works perfectly!

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#1 posted 11-10-2011 03:27 AM

If it works, then … it works !

As long as I clamp my clamp-on straight edge(s) FIRMLY, using c-clamps, in addition TO their built-in clamps, I get a good, straight edge and a clean cut.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 04:16 AM

Looks like you will be making some sawdust! Nice setup.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 06:32 PM

NBeener, I can get a good edge like that too, but it’s too nerve-wracking for me. I have so much to cut up, I prefer the no-fail method. You’re tougher than I am. ;o)

Thanks sras!

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#4 posted 11-10-2011 06:43 PM

Long live hillbilly methods!!!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 11-10-2011 06:44 PM

thats a great setting, looks on the heavy side but that can be a good thing as it won’t be moving around too much and I like the fact it has a ply base on both sides of the blade – helps with chipout… very cool!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 11-04-2013 07:41 PM

How do you keep the two sides at the exact blade width apart on the cut set up?

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#7 posted 11-04-2013 08:53 PM

Jim I believe there are some wood strips that connect the 2 halves. Look closely at the end and you might be able to see the strips on the bottom side. After you put these in place you can’t cut them.

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