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Thread: Hillbilly Track Saw

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Vancouver Island, Courtenay/Comox Valley, British Columbia

    Hillbilly Track Saw

    This may seem like nothing to you wood wizards, but I'm really proud of it.

    I have a kilo-ton of plywood to cut up, and I didn't want to cut it down with a CS and then have to cut it more acurately on the TS. I also didn't want to spend the money for a good track saw. So I made a 10' track for my CS. I got Glassman to get me some strips of aluminum from his old business partner. He cut them down to size for me because the CS has very little clearance on the motor side of it. (mine is left-blade). The old bus. partner also pre-drilled some holes for me at regular intervals. I very carefully cut some strips of plywood for the saw to ride on. I put the plywood on top of some 1 X 4's because I need something for the screws to bite into when I was screwing down the aluminum. And I also wanted to add stability to the plywood because I need 2 pieces for each side....5' + 5' = 10'. So there's a cross brace on each end to hold it together. Downside is that it's heavy. Upside is that it works perfectly. No play in the saw. I still have a few things I have to do to polish it up--trim the aluminum on the ends, and wax the runway, but I was so happy, I wanted to show it to you.

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  2. #2
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Very nice Cynthia
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  3. #3
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That looks like it'll work great.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    wonderful jig and the price is right too.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Cynthia i think you been having us on about being a rookie Thats well done.

    When i saw the pics first you reminded me of my wife ...Linda. When she gets up to things i call her MacGyver that highly creative action hero. So i think you pulled of a MacGyver.

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  6. #6
    Very nice indeed!
    Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    That should work just fine, Cynthia!
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    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Great job! Need to make one of those myself.

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Does the track have to be screwed onto the piece being cut??

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Vancouver Island, Courtenay/Comox Valley, British Columbia
    nope, just clamped on. I'm outside. got lots of pics to upload later!

    Thanks for the kind words guys.
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