Dailey Woodworks

Why Didn’t I Make This Sooner? A DIY Track Saw

In repentance of last weeks post I am showing you the track I made for my circular saw.  This is a crazy simple jig that is worth it’s weight in gold and will forever change how you use your circular saw on sheet goods.

This method works with any circular saw.  The catch is that once you make this jig it only works for that one saw.

I made this jig to work with my Craftsman C3 Circular Saw.  It’s a great little saw.  However, in making this video I realized how badly I needed a new blade.  I replaced the blade and it made a world of difference.

Being a compact 5 1/2 saw I lost to much cut capacity by using 1/2 plywood.  I was able to adjust the jig to work with my Skil 13 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw.  I’ll remake this jig out of 1/4 inch material for my cordless saw.

Another modification I did was glue a strip of 100-Grit Sandpaper to the bottom.  That really makes the track stay in place.  I can get by without clamps now.

If you have the money buy the DeWalt Track Saw. It looks amazing! One day…

3 thoughts on “Why Didn’t I Make This Sooner? A DIY Track Saw

  1. Great jig, it is such an accurate and quick way to cross cut sheet materials like plywood. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The circular saw is supported on one side by a wooden fence but the other edge is not supported. What prevents the circular saw from veering off course on the unsupported side? Aluminum tracks have grooves which prevents the saw base from veering off course whether left or right.

    • That’s true that the saw can veer of the track, and aluminum tracks do a better job. However track saws are very expensive. It’s not hard to keep the saw pressed against the fence.

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