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    How to Use a Circ Saw with a Track





    If you are just starting out in woodworking, or you don’t have enough space for a tablesaw, you can make almost all your straight cuts with a circular saw, armed with a cutting guide (track) to keep the saw running in a perfectly straight line.

    The good news is that you can make your own track with just a couple pieces of plywood (For more details, watch the Getting Started in Woodworking series episodes where they build the workbench), and one edge of the track will show you exactly where the saw will cut. So you just line up the track with your layout marks, and off you go.

    If you’ve got $500 for a state-of-the-art track saw from DeWalt, Festool, or Makita, you’ll be truly amazed.

    Today’s track saws are pricey at $500, but they make furniture-quality cuts, and the saw’s plunge action lets you stop and start cuts cleanly too.

    These saws have smooth-gliding tracks that don’t allow the saw to wander, with rubber feet that grip the workpiece, so no clamps are needed (though they are provided). And what is really cool about these saws is that they plunge, so you can make cuts that stop and start in precise spots.
     


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    DocWatts
    Ian Watts writes:

    Made one myself for my Makita circular swa using a metre long thin ply and applied a fence. On the other side of the fence, I use the Router. Going to make one today for using a jig saw and for curves. Been thinking of making one with  a track.

    Lbowgm
    Loyd Bowman writes: Some versions of this track include a router guide on the other side of the fence. Just make your base wider so the router can rest on it then trim it using the same method. You must use the same diameter bit each time you use the guide.
    hjt101
    Harold Terranova writes:

    Great info.  I've seen similar ideas but they only suggested using one piece of wood.  I often had hard times fighting the clamps that were in the way, plus I had to take lots of time assuring exactly where to place the straight edge.  The use of two pieces of wood as you describe eliminates both issues and will really help me make a straight cut.

    Thank you

    Harold

    jxdarsie
    Jerry Darsie writes:

    Yes. I made two 48 inch boards by cutting an eight footer in half. One of the 48 inchers is in constant use and I can combine the two boards to get 96 inches when I need to.

    compuman
    Paul Kennedy writes:

    If you haven't made one of these you should it is the easiest way to break down sheets there is. I have used one for about 3 years now, I wouldn't be with out one! Sure wish I could afford one of the track saws. Well maybe one day. yes

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