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Offline myer84

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Is my guide rail trashed?
« on: July 27, 2019, 08:36 PM »
Today I made the moronic mistake of moving more than 5 sheets of plywood at once by standing them straight up as I reached for a small sheet hiding in the back. As I reached over, I lost balance of all 5 sheets of ply causing them to crash down on my MFT table and guide rail.

My rail took a nasty hit causing it to bend down. Was wondering if this could be fixed or should I just buy a replacement?

Thanks in advance


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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2019, 09:21 PM »
You might be able to bend it back enough to make square cuts but it will never be good enough for cutting bevels.

I’d cut it down and make it a shorty then buy a replacement.

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2019, 09:37 PM »
As Michael said, cut it, buy a replacement.

Tom

Offline myer84

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2019, 10:14 PM »
Welp. Just placed a. Order.

I also sandwiched my rail between two boards with clamps. I’ll see how straight I can get it before I cut anything off. Thanks again for the replys

Offline DeformedTree

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2019, 10:17 PM »
Not ruined, just going to be shorter.

Heck, maybe you will just find it will be a handy thing to have a real short one.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2019, 10:31 PM »
Not ruined, just going to be shorter.

Heck, maybe you will just find it will be a handy thing to have a real short one.

Whoops...that’s a goner...maybe it’d be a winner for designing freestyle skateboard ramps.  [big grin]

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2019, 11:19 PM »
Today I made the moronic mistake of moving more than 5 sheets of plywood at once by standing them straight up as I reached for a small sheet hiding in the back. As I reached over, I lost balance of all 5 sheets of ply causing them to crash down on my MFT table and guide rail.

My rail took a nasty hit causing it to bend down. Was wondering if this could be fixed or should I just buy a replacement?

Thanks in advance


Man, when you bend something  you really bend it!  [blink]

Like the rest  ...................... try to straighten, probably get a new one, and make a short one. Sometimes an extra short can be handy.

    OR, maybe  DeformedTree can make use of it as is?  [wink]

Seth

Offline bkharman

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2019, 11:37 PM »
Not ruined, just going to be shorter.

Heck, maybe you will just find it will be a handy thing to have a real short one.

I have 2-3 that are about the same width as my MFT. Work well with rail dogs.

Cheers. Bryan.


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Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2019, 09:36 AM »
Is my guide rail trashed?

Yes, it most certainly is, well at least for any precision anyway. As suggested just cut it down and use for narrow cut offs. I wouldn’t even bother trying to straighten it, as it will have stretched, and forcing it back could effect how true the edge is.
Just mark the longest straight point, back off 13mm (1/2”) and cut it.

Checking the other components that the rail sits on might be a good idea too, in case it’s knocked something out.

Keep the bent off cut of rail, hang it up as a reminder  [tongue]

Offline Cheese

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2019, 09:54 AM »
Keep the bent off cut of rail, hang it up as a reminder  [tongue]

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Offline DeformedTree

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2019, 12:18 PM »

    OR, maybe  DeformedTree can make use of it as is?  [wink]


Hah!  nah, not enough depth, need a beam saw, but if one needed the right rail to rip the keel of a boat in half, it's might be perfect.

Festool marketing this as the "rustic cut rail" and sell it with the rustic look planer blades.
Mafell will sue him for infringing on their roll up rail design.
Woodpeckers will offer this as a One Time Tool and act like they invented it.
TSO will offer guides that allow you to make square cuts off it.

Offline pettyconstruction

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2019, 09:11 PM »
Keep the bent off cut of rail, hang it up as a reminder  [tongue]

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Make a clock out of it like some have done with they’re Saw Stop triggered blade and break.
Charlie


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Offline myer84

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2019, 10:06 AM »
Lesson learned. Never underestimate the power of Ply. LOL

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2019, 03:16 PM »
Lesson learned. Never underestimate the power of Ply. LOL

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Offline rst

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Re: Is my guide rail trashed?
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2019, 05:06 PM »
keep it for going around corners