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Offline mike_aa

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Re: TS-55 bevel cutting - can't get straight line
« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2016, 04:29 PM »

I don't know if you have the parallel guide (not guides which are different) for your saw, but once I found out that it could also act as an outrigger for cutting on the rails and stabilized the saw I saw how much easier it was to cut bevels and my cuts improved.

Just some thoughts.

Peter

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Are you referring to the  Festool 491469 Parallel Edge Guide?

Thanks, Mike A.

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Offline MichaelB

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Re: TS-55 bevel cutting - can't get straight line
« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2016, 05:03 PM »
I do have a longer square but with trying to hold the phone doing video in one hand and the square in the other I couldn't get the longer square to work. I have tried the cut again and yet the same exact problem. it seems like no matter if I'm on top of the saw or on the side it always comes out the same. Here is a video with the track still clamped to my piece showing that the saw isn't even riding along the splinter guard at the start and stop but it does in the  middle. This is strange since its the same saw that cut that strip on the rail yesterday. I have tried to go back over the cut again trying to actually push the saw into the plywood on the start and stop and it doesn't work. I end up with the same cut.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zxl9hgev4aojsev/File%20Nov%2021%2C%203%2057%2008%20PM.mov?dl=0

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: TS-55 bevel cutting - can't get straight line
« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2016, 05:29 PM »

I don't know if you have the parallel guide (not guides which are different) for your saw, but once I found out that it could also act as an outrigger for cutting on the rails and stabilized the saw I saw how much easier it was to cut bevels and my cuts improved.

Just some thoughts.

Peter

@Peter Halle

Are you referring to the  Festool 491469 Parallel Edge Guide?

Thanks, Mike A.

Yes, that is the one.  It can be used with or without the rail by flipping it over and can be set to either side of the saw.  It counters the tipping tendency of the bevelled saw and also gives an outboard hand position.

Peter

Offline mike_aa

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Re: TS-55 bevel cutting - can't get straight line
« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2016, 05:58 PM »

I don't know if you have the parallel guide (not guides which are different) for your saw, but once I found out that it could also act as an outrigger for cutting on the rails and stabilized the saw I saw how much easier it was to cut bevels and my cuts improved.

Just some thoughts.

Peter

@Peter Halle

Are you referring to the  Festool 491469 Parallel Edge Guide?

Thanks, Mike A.

Yes, that is the one.  It can be used with or without the rail by flipping it over and can be set to either side of the saw.  It counters the tipping tendency of the bevelled saw and also gives an outboard hand position.

Peter

@Peter Halle

Thanks, Peter.  I just picked one up last week and I never knew about using it for bevels!  I will soon have to wrap a column in mitered panels so I definitely will try your technique!

Mike A.

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Re: TS-55 bevel cutting - can't get straight line
« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2016, 06:10 PM »
Mike,

Flip it upside down and go to town.  Another one of those not so well known things that someone overseas came up with.  Personally that is my favorite use for it.

Please report back here.

Peter

Offline Cheese

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Re: TS-55 bevel cutting - can't get straight line
« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2016, 06:18 PM »
You also have some strange things happening to the splinter strip. From around 11 to 23 seconds on the video, the splinter strip edge looks like someone attacked it with a burr grinder. Is the saw properly adjusted to the track to prevent any sideways movement?

Offline mwahaha

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Re: TS-55 bevel cutting - can't get straight line
« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2016, 03:46 AM »
With the cut being that far away from the splinter strip I would say its possibly over clamping the track. The anti-slip foam strips squash moving the rail closer to the material, and being on a 45 deg angle, it will move the actual cut line at each end of the track.
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Offline MichaelB

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Re: TS-55 bevel cutting - can't get straight line
« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2016, 11:05 AM »
cheese that what i was thinking too. it doesn't seem to affect the cut though on a 90 degree but yes its not a smooth or very straight cut on the splinter strip.

mwahaha never thought about that but it does make sense. i will try another cut without clamping and see how that comes out.

Offline MichaelB

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Re: TS-55 bevel cutting - can't get straight line
« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2016, 02:55 PM »
I figured it out! the piece needs to be supported on both ends of the rail. I put a piece of mdf on each side and the cut is now perfectly straight without the need to clamp it.