I’ve been buying some small stuff for the shop the last couple of weeks an one of those items was a saw plate for my straightedge clamp. I have a Pro Grip clamp for crosscutting full sheets I bought probably a year ago. These clamps come with a couple of slots to use accessories, one of which you can use to make your own version of a track saw.
I love my little Ryobi One+ saw, but it just doesn’t have any guts anymore. Accurate, but underpowered. So I bought a clearance Task Force saw at Lowe’s a few weeks ago but it was horrible with my straightedge. Wanted to wander, but I liked the power of the corded and larger saw.
I finally made it over to Peachtree Woodworking to buy the saw plate that goes with the clamp. It’s a little pricey at $30, but after today I’m glad I spent it. It doesn’t come with hardware (which I think is a mistake), so I had to buy some 1/4 bolts and nuts to attach it. After some careful measuring I drilled the holes in the saw base an the saw plate. They advise you to line it up with the edge, but I wanted to line up the blade with a nice easy number so I could easily figure out where to place the clamp. I aimed for 6″ from the clamp.
After drilling the holes I had to countersink them. I don’t have a bit that large so I used a chisel. Not pretty, but it worked. I attached the saw to the plate and tested it out. Instead of 6″, I have 6-1/8″ but that’s easy to remember.
As long as I take the time to set up the clamp correctly, using the saw now is an absolute pleasure. It’s as close to a track or panel saw as I’ll get. Set the clamp, and go to town. I was able to do the crosscuts for my new project so much faster than I could before. What used to be a chore is now an easy task.
And about that new project? Next time.
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