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Offline ragstian

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Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« on: October 12, 2014, 06:25 AM »
Hi

Have been installing and cutting laminate flooring recently I found that aligning the guide by a square for every cut was sort of tedious.
I came up with the following guide - made from "repurposed" aluminium "scrap" from some old 19" electronics rack enclosures. (One man's junk is another man's treasure!)

The guide can be installed and taken off in seconds without any adjustments needed - thanks to the fixed square bar on the bottom plate.

The nuts used in the track are "standard" square nuts used in 19" electronics rack fastening clips.













Best Regards
Ragnar




« Last Edit: October 12, 2014, 10:40 AM by ragstian »

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Offline roblg3

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2014, 09:11 AM »
Very nice!  Good thinking there [thumbs up]
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Offline overanalyze

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2014, 09:42 AM »
Very cool! Great idea and looks like great fab work.

Online ear3

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2014, 10:51 AM »
Do you know of any sources/website for the clips?
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Offline ragstian

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2014, 11:02 AM »
Hi

Quote
Do you know of any sources/website for the clips?

These nuts are used in most rack installations in IT-centers etc.

They are called "rack cage nuts" - perform a google search to find a source in your area.

To get the nut - pry off the cage with a plier!

They normally sell for around 25 US$ for 50pcs including plastic washers and screws or around 20US$ for the nuts alone.

Amazon





RGDS
Ragnar
« Last Edit: October 12, 2014, 11:21 AM by ragstian »

Offline pigeonfarmboy

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2014, 11:38 AM »
Why the heck does Festool not make this product?  Very good idea!

Offline wood pulp

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2014, 12:51 PM »
The inventor of the Qwas dogs came up his version a while back...not sure if they are still being sold though!

http://www.qwasproducts.com/QwasSquare.html


Offline ragstian

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2014, 07:03 AM »
Hi.

The Qwas does the same as "my" guide but there was  a few things I did not like.
First, screws are protruding from the bottom of the guide,
second,  the foam strip had to be removed from the Festool guide
and last, the guide has to be adjusted for "squareness" every time it's installed.
 
Functionality are the same. Would like to have my guide anodized for durability. Might give that a try later. See here; DIY Anodizing

RGDS
Ragnar
« Last Edit: October 15, 2014, 05:07 PM by ragstian »

Offline juddadredd

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2015, 04:56 PM »
Hi I tend to use my DeWalt Premium Rafter Square 7" (£8) - place the lip part flat against the outside of the rail and line up the face to the wood, job done in two seconds, saves messing around as it's already square.

But thinking about the above does anyone know the drop in pin part number for the kitchen worktop jig and its diameter ?

As a simpler thing might be - as the rail already has the small hole at it's base, if I drilled a hole in the Square to match and dropped in a peg from the rails hole and through the hole in the square then that would lock it in place.  The hole I mean is the one that I use for lining it up on the hinge of my MFT, if tht makes sense.

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2015, 05:33 PM »
Well thanks for pulling this thread back to the top!

I like how Ragnar built one, and am going to do the same at some point. Something with a quick disconnect using thumb screws.

The track saw seems to have many uses. These are the cut outs for my heat registers. First cut with the track saw which gives a clean edge. Then cut the middle part out with the jigsaw, followed by the router to quickly clean up the between the cuts. Worked for me anyhow, and was reasonably fast, and came out clean with sharp corners.




Offline Corwin

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Re: Track Guide Crosscut Guide
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2015, 06:26 PM »
Why not incorporate a wooden stop/fence (that gets cut to length on first use) for the front edge of your workpiece that will aid in aligning the rail to your intended cutline? Just like the 'adjustable arm' in this Kreg product:

Kreg Square-Cut