Benefits of a Track Saw | Woodworkers Guild of America

Your woodworking life will be easier if you cut sheet goods down to rough size before heading for the table saw, a great job for a circular saw and track system. In addition to rough cutting pieces to size a track saw can be used to miter carcase sides, cross cut large pieces to length, and cut angles on large pieces. All tasks that are difficult to do on a table saw.

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  1. I’ll chalk a line and cut it by eye. what’s wrong with people

  2. Look at my “Parallel Guided Power Saw”

  3. Anyone have experience with the Shop Fox track saw? If so, how does it measure up to the other name brands?

  4. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

    +Ian Johnson Unfortunately we do not have any experience with this track saw

  5. ShaggyCheekWoodWorks

    is there a reason you put that mask on upside-down? i’m relatively certain that the metal bendy is there to conform to your nose to make the “seal” better…

  6. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

    +ShaggyCheekWoodWorks Nice catch.  You are correct, the mask is intended to be worn with the metal bendy around your nose to seal better.  It was just a goof. (ZD: 3719)

  7. Legalize Resources

    Thanks for this video Sir. How much this machine? U buy include that track?

  8. Ok, ‘truetrack’ charges $ 189.99 for a 4′ piece of thin metal they call ‘starters kit’ LoooooL

  9. Your chalk line, eye, and hand will never be as perfect and accurate or as fast as track saw…EVER!

  10. I use a regular circular saw with angle bar and clamps as a fence to get straight cuts. How is this better?

  11. swear u put on the dust mask upside down

  12. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

    With this type of guide you get to place the guide directly on the cut line rather than measuring an offset based on the width of the saw base.  It also requires no clamps, so the setup is quicker.  And finally, you get a zero clearance cut on one side, which means less chipping. The cut quality difference can be dramatic compared to the approach that you described.

  13. He did, you can clearly see the metal tab used to tighten the seal around your nose, on his chin, he even looked at it while he put it on, guess he was nervous on camera.

  14. A real Dewalt track saw is much better that cheaping out with a regular circular saw.

  15. First Off a Chalk line is WAY wider then a track saw is accurate. EVEN if you use a Pencil thin line as your guide (and a chalk line that thin would need to be made with a real thin string) Most standard chalk lines produce a line almost a 1/8 of a inch think. that is fine if your cutting sheet goods for sheathing or subfloors in framing lumber. BUT it is NOT good enough for furniture quality cabinetry joints. My Festool track saw cuts rival jointed board edges for accuracy. AND a added benefit is NO tear out on delicate veneer finish plywoods. due too the zero clearance cutting guide. I’m sure if you think your chalk line freehand cuts are straight you also think a board factory milled edge is straight. (they are not that is why you need a jointer)

  16. WWG of America doesn’t know how to make diagonal cuts on large sheet goods on a table saw?…well I can do it two different way and get as good quality cut as track saw can do… it’s been done for decades before track saws were being manufactured and any professional cabinet maker should know how…

  17. Use a vac and lose the mask

  18. Thank you..

  19. You didn’t clamp the track down, what stops it from drifting on the cut.

  20. WoodWorkers Guild Of America

    The track itself has a non-slip base so you can just set it into position and make your cut.

  21. MrMeanderthal

  22. hi there! What type of sawblade model is it?
    thanks!

  23. Where can I find a mount for a dewalt skillsaw to work on the Dewalt track?  I don’t want to have to buy a $500+ special saw that Dewalt sells, when I already have a $150 one. (yes I realize I will have to buy the track).

  24. I built a jig out of a 4×2 and clamped it onto a table. It works the same as the track…

  25. @5:23 “when it’s easier to bring the tool to the work, instead of the work to the tool” – bottom line using a tracksaw vs. a tablesaw.

  26. Which track is this? Thanks!

  27. Not once, but twice! Hey, we all make mistakes, especially when nervous.

  28. Thank you – very informative indeed!
    As for those worried about the respirator being worn upside down!.

    Makes no difference, he is still going to die anyway from throat (esophageal) cancer anyway. You see the core of that white oak veneer panel material is MDF – Medium Density Fiber board. The Glue used to make MDF is Urea Formaldehyde.

    Formaldehyde when it out gasses from the MDF when cut with tungsten saws will kill you!
    It got my old man at 72 & I ended up with dusted lungs and a decade+ away from Cabinet making trying to recover. Formaldehyde was once used by taxidermists to preserve / dry out flesh inside taxidermy mounts – much like mummifying the mummy’s in the great pyramids of Egypt. Taxidermists used to die from a disease called “taxidermists lung” from breathing Formaldehyde fumes. These days its called cancer of the nose, throat or lungs!

    Formaldehyde gas goes straight thru those dusts masks!.
    The more MDF you cut per day the more the gasses build up in your shop.
    It’s not the dust that kills you – its the formaldehyde gas and those aren’t gas masks he is wearing!.

    If your not venting your shop air, external to your shop, then you killing yourself slowly while wearing a dust mask!. In cold snow climes – venting warm air out of your shop is expensive – but you’ll soon be dead anyway, from Formaldehyde gas buildup inhalation, if you don’t.

    Read and learn.

    https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/formaldehyde/formaldehyde-fact-sheet

    LOL – he has his dust mask on upside down!

    He’s already a dead man walking – which way he wears his dust mask ain’t whats going to kill him – lack of knowledge about MDF & Formaldehyde gas is what will kill him… dust mask or no dust mask!. Nothing surer!. It’s a silent death sentence.

    Least he informed me abut track saws before he goes!.

  29. I use a long metal straight edge for this purpose

  30. Using a Long thick metal straight edge along with any circular saw does the same job as a track saw. Just measure the distance from the blade to the end of the base. Using that distance, offset from the line where you want to cut and clamp the straight edge down. Glide the saw along the straight edge as you cut and that is pretty much it. The offset will always be the same. Do not use wood as a guide because it will bend over a long distance.

  31. Or get a track saw and take all the guess work out and go make some dang money

  32. Ian Baldwin I mean a track saw would save a lot of time and I will definitely buy one in the future as im starting to do more woodworking. Its a neat trick for DIY’s who would only need it very seldomly.

  33. WoodWorkers Guild Of America is this something you can buy ? I like Ryobi and I would like something like this

  34. exactly, i dont get why one would need to spend $$$ on such a simple device.

  35. Using a TrackSaw means you must have a dedicated saw for one purpose = expense. The rails on the bottom keep you from using it for other cuts. At 2:30 you speak of the
    clean cut. The cut looks terrible on one side. Your base rails must not be parallel
    to the blade which sets up an incorrect heel producing chips on one side and an
    un-square cut. Next you should cut from the back of the ply for a finish cut on
    the face side. Looking at the blade, I think you are using a 24 to 40 tooth
    blade used for rips, not a cross cut blade. As for Diablo, use the 760x with
    Hi-ATB 60 tooth w/ .065 kerf will produce a clean cut. The side shear (ASFG) blades
    even better! I mounted a 3/8” UHMW plate (Cutting Board works great) to the saw
    base and machined it parallel to blade. It stays on permanently, slides easy and
    leaves no marks. Drop the blade down thru the UHMW to cut a blade slot and you
    have a perfect fit zero clearance base. Use 1”x4”x8’ aluminum straight edge as a
    guide. Have two each aluminum setup blocks the width of each side of the saw to
    set to cut line. Works great, no chipped edges and straight.

  36. Thanks! That was helpful

  37. I didn’t notice that, i cant un-see it now.

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