DIY Circular Saw Track Saw Guide | Limited Tools

DIY Circular Saw Track Saw Guide | Limited Tools


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  1. Andy

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    pretty cool idea I already have one but I might build a new one and copy your version 😉

  2. Christopher King

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am


  3. DIY Gene

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Great idea. I will have to build one. Thanks.

  4. what ever

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    so now that saw can t cut anything else eg 2 x 4 ya

  5. John Coloe

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Glad you addressed the thickness issue at the end of the video. In addition to the other limitations cited with this design is weight. All that thick stock, while strong, is *heavy*.

    The design is way over built. ¼" material is plenty strong; especially considering the rigidity contributed by the rails/tracks.

    Some additional considerations:
    1. Material – Use quality sheet goods. No A/C-grade sheathing.

    2. Material – The use of either plastic (HDPE, UHMW) or aluminum would make wonderful runners for the saw plate.

    3. Finishing – If using wood, regularly waxing the tracks and runners will definitely contribute to smoother operation.

    4. Design – Symmetry provides bi-directional operation; an often overlooked consideration.

    5. Design – Overhang/starting pad. Make the track long enough to allow for alignment before the blade contacts the material to be cut.

    6. Design – A key capability of true track saws from Festool, Wen and others is…plunge. This is critical for interior cuts. To allow for this (somewhat) leave 2" to 3" of the runners cantilevered in front of the saw plate. Additionally, cut the at a shallow angle to allow the runners to engage and align with the track before the blade plunges into the material being cut.

    7. Design – To counteract thewood track from slipping and sliding, a) make the track no wider than 2½" to 3", b) route two shallow parallel dadoes in the underside of the track and c) apply friction tape to the dadoes. This will keep the edge of the track in contact with the material being cut, thus minimizing tear-out while keeping the track in place without the need for clamps.

    8. Design – To minimize sacrificing depth of cut, consider cutting down, rather than building up. Instead of fastening rails on top of a track, cut dadoes into the track.

    9. Lastly, and in the same vein as #8 above, consider mounting runners directly to the factory saw plate. Many models have slots perpendicular to the blade for attaching accessories, such as edge guides, etc. Some models even have precision-drilled holes in the factory saw plate that would be perfect for fastening runners.

    While all this may seem like a lot of work, consider the cost of s true track saw (north of $800 or $900), or even lower cost alternatives from the likes of Kreg (Accu-Cut), Bora (Clamp Edge), Wen and others ($100 and up).

  6. Dave Strain

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    More Shop videos would be cool

  7. Brian Prusa

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Two inches… two feet. Same.

    I like the project. I might make one for my 16 5/16” saw.

  8. Way Woodworking

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    I'm loving the snappy, to the point videos Mike! It has great flow! Nice work.

  9. Luis Lira

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    “Why are you so aggressive…..” BECAUSE IM ALL JACKED UP ON MOUNTAIN DEW.
    Lol hey Mike, Goose here I’m a big fan and love to watch your videos. I learn a lot and I’m just now getting into wood crafting making small furniture. Love the farm table you made for MiMa. Any project you do or video don’t matter I know I’ll thumbs up and watch all day. Keep them coming brother shout out from Houston Tx.

  10. Fernando Rivera

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Would the 'this old house circular saw guide' work just as well? The shop style videos are great keep them up and good luck on the bus.

  11. Dorian DeCorbenic

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    This was great! I don't think I've ever seen a video for a track saw build.

  12. Rizqiqa Rumi Ramadhan

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    awesome mike!

  13. Fernando Rosino

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Very useful. Muy útil. Gracias. Thanks

  14. Sebastiaan Mollema

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Great tip mike!

  15. TheTallAbacus

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Shop projects are great, maybe better than non-shop.

  16. monkeysize

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Awesome…Great starting point for a track saw build. Short and sweet.

  17. Khaled Al-Awadhi

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Thanks my friend for this awesome project, but can I use plywood instead of MDF?

  18. StudioJLT

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Nice! Have you thought of adding the same type of non slip surface (like a traditional track saw) or even sandpaper to the bottom of it?

  19. Ariel R. Valenti

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Excelent project, thanks!

  20. Chrystal Dunlow

    June 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Nice! The ending made me laugh. I’m also enjoying the podcasts.

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