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Festool stuff #2: Track saw repetitive cuts on the go - FS-PA - DIY alternative.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-14-2019 12:36 PM 757 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Track saw repetitive cuts on the go
Festool FS-PA – DIY alternative.

Once in a while I need a number of repetitive cuts with my track saw, when I’m out of the house. Of course I can measure and mark again and again, but I wanted an easier way, especially when it more than just a few.

So let’s go to the workshop and make things happen. ;-)


This is what we will be making – the two arms attached to the track, that has stops so they can be set for a fixed distance. If you don’t get it, just come along and you will, once we are done with the blog.
As you can see it’s three parts, a connection piece to the track, a T-track and a stop block.
(I’ll make a video if anyone still don’t get it – smiles).

Let’s get started:


We will start with the connection block to the track.
Here are the track that we need to connect to, it will be done with some high quality plywood.


First cutting a rabbet on the table saw.


Ok, let’s make a big one, while we are at it.


Cut them into smaller.


I also made a cut like this, to narrow the width of the hook.
(You will see – and need to adjust this to your track system, if not Festool).


A rabbet the other way, this time the width of a T-track, I just used some old curtain hanger T-track I had in the shop.
I use a stop, to stop before the end of the track.


Clean up the rabbets, this can be done with a chisel also.


Now for the stop blocks while we are in the rabbet mode.
Just some plywood where a rabbet is cut by repetitive cuts, so they will fit the width of the T-track (curtain track).
The blue tape holds the two pieces together, since I had cut them first (not so clever me).


We got rabbets.


Let’s put this thing together!
Gluing the T-track to the connection piece, make sure they are flush with the other rabbet.
Some ultra fast epoxy, so I can get on with the project.


Making some T-track bolts out of standard flat head bolts.
(I had them in the shop).


Out of focus, drilling holes for the bolts.


As easy as that.
Bolts, washers, wing nuts and we got stops.


Works just fine.


I don’t trust in the epoxy alone, so I’ll screw it in place also.
Holes and counter sink.


Bolts.


Self locking nuts.
Now it should stay.


It works, we are right on track.
Again a hole, a home made T-track bolt, washer and wing nut.


So here we are, two arms for repetitive cuts.
For the clever reader, yes there are a limit to the width, as the stops only go to the edge of the track – so what do we do if we need something smaller? – we just make a spacer that we put between the stops and the track, so i’s not a problem.


I made mine plenty long, so I can cut just over half a plywood sheet.


Here they are.
As you can see, I put little extension blocks on the stops, this was so they are extruding low enough to catch the sheet you cut.


Attachment piece.


Named and marked.
Also put a stop with a string, so I can hang them up, when they are not in use.


Here hanging on the workshop wall, waiting for a day to be used.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or just keep some one on track…

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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Combo Prof

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#1 posted 12-14-2019 01:05 PM

Once again another good innovation. One note to cleanup rabbits I find the router plane works the best, because you can guarantee a precise depth and never make a mistake. Also I think adding a measuring tape to the back of the t-track, might expedite setting the jig to the desired width. You can buy adhesive backed tape cheaply. Incidentally I made own track for the circular saw just to break down plywood sheets. So no need to buy a track saw if you already have a circular saw. I was easy to do.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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lew

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#2 posted 12-14-2019 06:05 PM

Clever idea, Mads!

Looks like you are soon going to need bigger wall to store all of your fantastic creations!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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stefang

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#3 posted 12-15-2019 12:21 PM

The KISS principle sure applies here Mads. Well thought out and very useful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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