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Offline Intex

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How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« on: May 31, 2018, 12:08 AM »
I tried to rip 6 identical pieces of walnut 3 feet long using the Festool TS55, but each piece came out a different width.
How do you rip identical pieces with a consistent width. Is there a piece that I am not using correctly?
I basically marked the width of separate boards then placed the track rail on the line and cut
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Offline Don T

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2018, 12:35 AM »
Festool makes parallel guides that connect to your track. The guides have stops which will give you repeatable cuts.
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Offline ScotF

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2018, 12:52 AM »
Aligning separate boards to a pencil line can be tricky to get perfect - you can put a razor blade on the line and but the rail up to it or you can use parallel guides as Don T mentioned or you can use a rule-stop and but that up against the guide rail or anti-splinter strip to get your rail perfectly aligned to the cut. Hope this helps.


Offline waho6o9

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2018, 09:45 AM »
A Festool Panther rip blade helps as well.

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2018, 09:53 AM »
I find it too much of a hassle to even try to — I cut the boards, joint one side & then bunch-thickness them (clamp on the ends).
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Offline RKA

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2018, 11:07 AM »
The issue is the method you are using.  Measuring, marking and placing the track each result in small amounts of error that add up.  When you need something repeatable, look for a way to create fixed stops that take the repeated measuring and marking out of the equation.  So for example, if you were crosscutting pieces on a table saw to 24", you could set up a stop block clamped to the fence, slide your piece up against that stop block, then make the cut.  You can do this all day long and each piece will be consistent. 

Same principle applies to the guide rail.  That's how the parallel guides work (both festool and 3rd party).  But even without them, you can create your own stop block with a hook on one end to fit over the work piece butt the track against the other end.  It's best to have the hook designed like a T so the top part that hooks is 90 degrees the part that butts up against the rail.  This avoids any error caused by skewing the stop block.  Line up each end of the track using this block and check it a few times until the guide rail is set perfectly.  Use clamps to prevent the guide rail from moving and make your cut.  This works well if the finished piece you are ripping is wider than the track.  If it's narrower, you need to flip your stop block upside down so one end hooks on the rail and the other butts up against the work piece.  Make sure you add additional support for the guide rail if you're ripping a narrow piece.
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Offline Intex

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2018, 01:53 PM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
The Festool parallel guide looks nice, but expensive for one time use, unless I plan on more cuts like that.
I'll look for a picture of the home made jig, was not quite sure I understood RKA's explanation of his T-Stop.

Offline Peter_C

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2018, 02:48 PM »
You can choose standard or metric. Both of the systems below are pretty similar. (I personally use Woodpeckers version which also doubles as a fence for my MFT table.)
https://precisiondogs.us/products/precision-parallel-guides-v11
https://www.senecawoodworking.com/products/parallel-guide-system-for-incra-t-track-plus

Otherwise the measure 5 times and cut once does work pretty well. Make sure you are not moving the rail when pushing the saw. Clamps might be pertinent.

Offline Corwin

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2018, 03:48 PM »
Maybe you will find my Narrow Rip Jig interesting?
Looks like your rabbit joint is a hare off! ;)

Offline RJNeal

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2018, 09:51 AM »
Some times when I’m out and about and I want identical pieces, I will either measure to the back of the track after I set the track to the mark on thr first piece.
Then only set the track to the measurement from the back of the track for any pieces after that. My splinter guard is not in the best of shape since it doesn’t really stick.
Or if I’m doing a lot of cuts then I will cut a scrape board or two to the same length of the back of thr track measurement.
Good luck.
Rick.
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Offline Intex

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Re: How to rip duplicate pieces with tracksaw
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2018, 01:33 PM »
RJNeal
Good idea, I will try the scrap piece method and see how it works before I buy the parralel guide