Cutting wood fence with embedded t-track

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Forum topic by KevinSullivan posted 04-29-2012 03:15 AM 1515 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2012 03:15 AM

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Hi Folks,

I’m looking over a Woodsmith plan for a table saw miter sled (for making picture frames and the like). The plan calls for the construction of some hardwood fences with embedded aluminum t-track, and then the cutting of these fences to length, including one miter cut at the end of each of two fences. The plans just say “be sure to use a carbide saw blade, as you will be cutting through aluminum.” If you had to make such a cut, what would you do? Table saw? A miter saw? And what blade? Would you risk your nice carbide tipped wood-cutting blade? I don’t want to have to but an expensive new blade, if I don’t have to, but I also don’t want to ruin my nice Forrest woodworking blade, either. FYI, the T-track is the universal track from Rockler.

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 05:03 PM

Go for it, cuttinjg aluminum on a table saw or miter saw is fine, don’t use a rip blade. A fine tooth blade is best. It won’t hurt your blade. They even make blades for non-ferrous metals, but one or two cuts your wood blade will be fine.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 05-03-2012 06:50 PM

Thank you Bondo G. I appreciate that guidance, and will do!

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#3 posted 05-05-2012 03:15 AM

Have no fear. I had he same concerns before I made that kind of cut the first time, but aluminum is soft & will not damage your blade. Use any 40 or 60 tooth blade & you’ll be fine. Just be sure to clean up all that aluminum “dust”, it can really scratch the next piece of wood you cut.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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