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Forum topic by agallant posted 12-15-2011 09:01 PM 995 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2011 09:01 PM

I currently have 36 inch rails on my table saw. I am about to order a new saw and defaulted to the 36inch rail but I was looking at the 74 inch rails. There have not been a tonne of times that i have needed to go over 36 but it would have been nice the few times I did need to go over. On the other hand my shop is only 14 feet wide so I am concerned about space. What are your thoughts on the topic? If I get the longer rails will I find that I can do more than i thought with them or will they be too big and get in the way?

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 09:13 PM

How did you resolve it on the few times that you did need more than 36”? I’d be worried about making your shop too crowded if space is a concern.

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 09:20 PM

I’d go shorter, personally.

The reason long rails are used in cabinet shops is they cut 6’ plywood
pantry carcase parts on the saw using the fence. You can make the
same cut with a sliding table and a much more modest fence length
to the right.

This stuff is really all about the kind of work you do. You’ll have more
control and comfort when working full 4×8 sheets if you cut on a vertical
saw or with a track saw.

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 09:36 PM

I have used a skill saw and fence in the past. I guess it would be a nice to have but not a must have. Considering space I may go for the shorter rails.

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 09:42 PM

I could never do with 36” rails .It all has to do with what you plan on making and the type of table saw you have.

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 10:09 PM

My main table saw will cut 48” width. That allows me to cut any sheet goods accurately with the table saw. If I want to cut a 70” piece I measure the panel, if its a true 96 inches I set my fence at 26” to outside of blade. (Normal the measurement is from fence to inside the blade).

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#6 posted 12-15-2011 10:19 PM

Save the money and space and apply it towards a tracksaw.

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