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Project by geekwoodworker posted 08-11-2018 09:57 PM 6206 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted a track saw but the dang things are too expensive for me. Found an old 8 1/2 ” mitre saw at my dads and decided I could make a track saw out of it. I still need to make two more tracks. A long one and a mid length one.

It works great and can used on the table saw in the mitre slot by flipping it over and using the T-slot with my clamps to hold a piece at an angle or to rip straight edges also.

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#1 posted 08-11-2018 10:13 PM

Very clever indeed!

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#2 posted 08-11-2018 11:37 PM


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 08-11-2018 11:59 PM

Stop making cool stuff I want to make, I have enough projects on my list already. :)

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 08-12-2018 01:30 AM

Very ingenious indeed!

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#5 posted 08-12-2018 01:40 AM

Very clever work.

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#6 posted 08-12-2018 02:57 AM

Very clever guy…

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#7 posted 08-12-2018 05:22 AM

Brilliant. But I gave my old miter saw (that exact same Delta model) to my daughter. :)

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#8 posted 08-12-2018 06:40 AM

I love it, nice job. You might improve both the wanting to wonder off, and also keep the edges better cut if you can lay down some rubber like material, similar to what other track saws use on the bottoms of their rails. Might be able to use their rubber strips, whoever is cheapest.

The only thing I wonder about is (I think) all of the commercial track saws have a riving knife, so be really careful about kickback seeing that saw was never designed to use as a circular saw, much less a track saw.

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

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#9 posted 08-12-2018 10:05 AM

The proper selection of blade geometry will negate kickback concerns.
My home made TS track is baltic birch and, I clamp it at both ends. It doesn’t wander.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 08-12-2018 01:18 PM

yes you get this :

AWARD :<))

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#11 posted 08-12-2018 01:51 PM

Cool idea but looks pretty dangerous. Track saws don’t only have a riving knife, they have spring-loaded rubber cams on the bottom of the saw that engage the track. The saw can only move forward on the track. Any kickback is stopped by the rubber cams as they grab the track. Obviously the blade on a track saw is fully shrouded when the blade is retracted and above the cutting surface. Use it with extreme caution OP.

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#12 posted 08-12-2018 03:28 PM

Very Clever, Great Idea!

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#13 posted 08-12-2018 07:54 PM

Awesome reuse, thank you for sharing, love the track guide

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#14 posted 08-13-2018 12:02 AM

ingenious idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 08-17-2018 11:02 PM

As everybody else has already said, Great idea.
I’ll need to keep a lookout for those old miter saws now.

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