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Offline ihadmail

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Guide Rail handles
« on: November 06, 2018, 11:01 PM »
I have one of the FS 3000 guide rails and use the Woodpecker Paralel Guides with it. I would like to have some kind of handles for the setup to make it easier to move from sheet to sheet.

I’ve searched around and haven’t found anything that matches what I’m looking for.

I’m thinking something that could attach to the t-slot would be best so that it’s easily removable for storage. Either a vertical piece, like a parf super dog, or a curved piece with two attachment points, like a grripper handle, would work. I’ve included a couple of rudimentary images in case my description is unclear.

Could any of you suggest a product that I could use to make lifting the rail/guides easier and more manageable?

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Offline lwoirhaye

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Re: Guide Rail handles
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2018, 01:29 PM »
I don't know of any product but making a handle would not be difficult.  Find a nut that fits in the slot, grind it down if you have to.  Plastic handles with a threaded rod embedded are available in different thread sizes.  Lee Valley and  other suppliers sell these sorts of handles.

Offline tomp

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Re: Guide Rail handles
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2018, 04:59 PM »
Here is a handle that I made, using the connector from a Rip Dog parallel guide, a block of UHMW and a knob.  It works very well, particularly with the TSO square as it allows you to apply a force in line with the track to keep the square tight to the edge of the sheet being cut.  It's been a PITA though to disassemble when I need the connector for the parallel guide so I'm thinking that I can make the same thing with a piece of aluminum, connectors and a knob when I can get some free time.


Offline ihadmail

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Re: Guide Rail handles
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2018, 08:45 PM »
Thanks for the replies and the photos! I think I'll try out some of Rockler's long handles and a couple of t bolts.

I'll post photos and how it worked out after I get everything in.