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Project by mafe posted 12-09-2020 12:47 AM 2097 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Festool / Makita rail square DIY
can be made for any rail.

When doing construction work, it’s useful to be able to make fast straight board cuts in many situations, these cut’s don’t need to be furniture precise, but within a mm or so pr. Meter, is more than fine. This is where these rail squares are brilliant, no setup, just a pencil mark for the size and you can make a nice straight cut.
Decided I needed one of these for my allotment house and that it would be a fun project, to make a MaFe version.
This square can of course be made for any brand of rail, my rail saw is a Festool, but I also made a rail jig, for my Makita and even have both brands of routers, that run on the rails.

This post is from the blog: https://www.lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/131888


Pictures:
1. Rail square on track.
2. Sliding it on.
3. Whooo.
4. Building the thing.
5. In use.
6. On the wall.

Stay safe and wait with patience, for the vaccine, to bring back life as we knew it.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even a straight cut.

Best thoughts,

MaFe

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





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lew

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#1 posted 12-09-2020 01:27 AM

Very nice and useful too

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

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pottz

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#2 posted 12-09-2020 01:47 AM

love buddy gonna do this one.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 12-09-2020 03:23 AM

That’s a very fancy way of making sure you cut square corners. I like it! [does happy monkey dance]

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 12-09-2020 06:12 AM

Makes me wish I used my Track saw more:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 12-09-2020 09:01 AM

Very good and ’’fancy’’ addition to this tool.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-09-2020 06:47 PM

Love it, a fast way to make sure everything is square!

-- Hutch

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mafe

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#7 posted 12-09-2020 07:15 PM

Hi guys,
Lew, thank you, yes I think this one will be a favourite when working on site, especially in my little allotment.
pottz, It’s a fast build, I just had to walk around the pond a few times, before he idea was born… Laughs. I will be really happy to see some build, thanks.
Dave, yes a happy monkey dance. Laughs. Big smile thanks.
Andre, perhaps you will, if you make one…
Ivan, thank you, always wonderful to make things better.
hutchmp, Yes, this makes cutting square fast and really easy. Thank you.
Thank you all for the comments, always a joy to get a word and a thought.
Best of my thoughts,
Mads

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 12-10-2020 01:16 PM

That is a neat idea mafe but I’m gonna be the devils advocate here,


... these cut’s don’t need to be furniture precise, but within a mm or so pr. Meter, is more than fine…
- mafe

... then inevitably one day in the future you’ll need greater accuracy… You’ll either need to make a more accurate one or buy one of those TSO products... Yes, they do come at a premium cost, but I do love to spend other peoples money...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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swirt

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#9 posted 12-10-2020 02:24 PM

Nice solution Mafe.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#10 posted 12-10-2020 03:05 PM



That is a neat idea mafe but I m gonna be the devils advocate here,

... these cut’s don’t need to be furniture precise, but within a mm or so pr. Meter, is more than fine…
- mafe

... then inevitably one day in the future you ll need greater accuracy… You ll either need to make a more accurate one or buy one of those TSO products... Yes, they do come at a premium cost, but I do love to spend other peoples money...

- LittleBlackDuck


yeah had to be the cop that shut the party down didn’t ya ducks. ;-(

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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mafe

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#11 posted 12-10-2020 07:03 PM

LittleBlackDuck, Thanks for the compliment. I love a devils advocate. Why should the TSO be more precise? The problem is not that you can’t make it precise enough, the problem is that if you only mark and reference to one edge, you might get a wee inaccuracy. I can read from users of the professional versions as FESTOOL Benchdogs and TSO, that they don’t get more accurate cuts than that, the Festool version should be the worst and the Benchdogs the best. If you want higher accuracy, you don’t need a rail square at all, you just make a mark in each end of the board you are cutting, then you can cut to a tenth of a mm or so, so you use a rail square only for speed.
If I were loaded I would buy the Benchdogs version just for the joy of owning a beautiful toll as that, but I have to spend my own money, smiles.
Swirt, smiles thank you.
Pottz, big laugh.
Best thoughts to you all,
Mads

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

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mafe

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#12 posted 12-10-2020 07:05 PM

LittleBlackDuck, It’s not my rail square that are not perfectly square, it is, and with the slide on system I made, it don’t get out of square. I believe it’s much better held in a place than a clamp as the others use. Just to clear any mistakes. My worry in the precision is on the user side, when you reference only on one end of the cut, not the tool.

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

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#13 posted 12-10-2020 07:10 PM

mads i love your square for whats intended,as you said if you want perfect make a mark each side and clamp the track to it as i do when needed but if im just breaking down full sheets yours is perfect.so it stays on my to do list.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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mafe

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#14 posted 12-10-2020 07:20 PM

Pottz, if you make sure to make the plastic runner fit the T-track perfectly (throw away the once that don’t get there, laugh, I was on no two before it was perfect) and then make the sliding thingy fit precisely when mounting it, then you can easily make a tool with a tenth of a mm accuracy. The acrylic version is less accurate as the metal thing can move the two parts a wee bit, so that is only precise to a mm or two, so it needs to be squared up before use.
So don’t worry.
Just be sure to have it pushed hard up against the edge, but this goes for any rail square also any accuracy, dirt or dust, will multiply when using a square, so when we need dead precise, it’s a good idea to measure.
Smiles.

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 12-10-2020 08:45 PM



LittleBlackDuck, Thanks for the compliment. I love a devils advocate. Why should the TSO be more precise?...
- mafe

I’d pull my head in mafe if my chinsss would permit it and the head was a little less boofy..., I was only quiping as you mentioned inacuracy… the TSO (or like products) are for the lazy population of my Earth… and I’m proudly one… lazy.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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