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Homemade Saw Guide Stabilizer
Dave Irey, Edina, Minn.: I use my table saw a lot for projects using mostly 5/8 and 3/4-in. thick oak and other hardwoods. I have to make a lot of 90-degree cuts but was having trouble keeping my saw guide at precisely 90 degrees on repeat cuts.
To solve the problem I bought a 3-ft. length of 3/4-in. wide, 3/8-in. thick hot rolled steel and a length of 2-in. channel iron. It serves as a cross piece. I carefully squared up the 2 pieces and then arc welded them together. Ive made 3 different saw guides this way - one for 90-degree cuts and the others for 45-degree cuts.
My homemade saw guides are a real time saver because they eliminate the need to ever check the angle degree. I bolted a long 3/4-in. thick board onto the channel iron that extends over the edge of the table saw and serves as a handhold. As Im working I hold onto the board with both hands to make sure I get a nice, square cut. The board can easily be replaced if I happen to nick it with the saw.

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5