Author Topic: 2 Guide Rails vs. 1 Longer Guiderail  (Read 9350 times)

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Offline mino

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Re: 2 Guide Rails vs. 1 Longer Guiderail
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2022, 09:54 AM »
Sedge's tip is really for the "I have no other option" type of a situation. One should never use it if accuracy is required AND/OR better ways to align the rails are available.

The best way to join the rails /unless using self-aligning connectors/ is to use a reference straight edge.

The self-aligning connectors are the second best as they depend on the accuracy of the rail ends way more than a straight edge does.


Having a third small rail - like 800 - and a couple clamps is ideal for this in practice as no "waste" hardware is needed then.
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Offline luvmytoolz

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Re: 2 Guide Rails vs. 1 Longer Guiderail
« Reply #31 on: September 13, 2022, 04:53 PM »
Sedge's tip is really for the "I have no other option" type of a situation. One should never use it if accuracy is required AND/OR better ways to align the rails are available.

The best way to join the rails /unless using a self-aligning connectors/ is to use a reference straight edge.

The self-aligning connectors are the second best as they depend on the accuracy of the rail ends way more than a straight edge does.


Having a third small rail - like 800 - and a couple clamps is ideal for this in practice as no "waste" hardware is needed then.

Couldn't agree more, using something as short as a saw no matter how tight the fit to align 3m of rails is a very agricultural method indeed IMHO. I certainly wouldn't rely on it for anything requiring a high degree of accuracy. I have a long piece of office partitioning capping I know is dead straight for this very purpose.

Offline formbureau

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Re: 2 Guide Rails vs. 1 Longer Guiderail
« Reply #32 on: December 23, 2022, 10:52 PM »
i use the long rail  all the time. i work a lot with 4' x 8' sheets as well as with 8'+ boards. i tend to rip boards, especially for glue-ups, rather with my ts 55 and the long rail instead of ripping on the table saw.