Festool stuff #9: Adaptor, for Makita 18V circular saw on Festool rails._

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-28-2020 11:03 PM 2949 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Rail / track saw adaptor, for circular saw
Makita DSS501 LXT 18 V with my Festool rails.

UPDATE, a new version with zero clearance can be found here:

I simply love the little Makita 18V saw, it is a gem and a joy to work with.
But once in a while, I would have loved it was a rail saw, so I decided to make it into one, by making an adaptor.

This is not a full build, just an inspiration tour, for others to use.

The saw connected to the rail with new adaptor.
It runs on the back of the rail, so I don’t use the zero clearence strip, as it is set for my Festool saws.
All it does is to keep the saw on track.

From the side.
No I don’t saw into the table… Laugh.

This is my 18V Makita saw, this model don’t have a track adaptor and only one slot for a fence.

First up is to make a slider for the rails.
I mark up the slots and make rabbets.

Like this.

Sliding on the track.

Next up, I just bend two metal brackets (IKEA closet left over).
In this end, to old the saw base into the fence.

In other end to be attached to the saws front, onto the knob for the side fence.

The cut outs on the rail adaptor is for the motor to be able to get fully down and in the back for the locking lever.


Had to k´make an extender washer. Out of some tubing.

Here with side fence.

The extender.

Spring fits inside.

Screwed onto the adaptor.

Also made a little extra thingy.
This is a wing nut.

Underside a flat head bolt.

Bolt head.

Sticking up, so it can catch the track.

Like this.

When tightened loosely, it holds the saw on the track.

So you will be able to lift saw and track in one move.

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

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 11-28-2020 11:09 PM

Sorry if some of you can’t see the pictures try different browser or allow non secure pictures.
I have asked my server provider, to look into it now.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 11-29-2020 12:28 AM

Really cool build, Mads! Thanks for sharing.

Funny thing about the images. The email notification of your post shows where the images should be-
Google chrome doesn’t display them but Firefox and others do. When I copied and pasted the email notification image link, I could see each one using Google chrome.

Stay safe and well my friend.


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

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#3 posted 11-29-2020 04:02 AM

I believe the problem is that the images are http, and chrome won’t mix secure and insecure data on a web page. If you make the images available via https, they should work correctly (I’m just guessing, but my guess fits the symptoms I can see from here on my iPad).

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 11-29-2020 08:08 AM

Very cool Mads

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#5 posted 11-29-2020 03:35 PM

At first I thought this was a complex build but it is rather unique. I have a small cordless saw too and this can be handy for certain things. I like it and it’s on my list.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 11-30-2020 06:19 PM

Hi guys,
Lew, yes it’s browser specific and seems to depend on if they allow my servers pictures, have written my host and awaits answers.
Dave, Yes my host need to make the connection to a specific encryption, I have asked for this.
Iceman, smiles, love that name, thanks.
doubleDD, You are right this is not complex at all, it can be made for any saw or tool and you could even make it for a T.track, if you don
t have a rail. Worth building if needed, I am sure I will enjoy it in my allotment house. Thanks.
Best thoughts and a smile,

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

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