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Offline joiner1970

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Rail connectors
« on: June 17, 2007, 10:38 AM »
Hi all I have just bought a TS55 with rails I have not used it all yet but when trying the connectors in the rail they seem to have a bit of play is this normal I have not tightened up the grub screws yet and cant find any details on exactly how they are supposed to be fitted.

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Offline Daviddubya

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Re: Rail connectors
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2007, 10:43 AM »
When joining rails with the connectors, I insert the connectors loosely, butt the two rail ends together, and tighten the connectors.  If you find that the alignment can be improved, try reversing the ends and checking again.  Some rail ends pair up better than others.  Mark the good pairings with a permanent marker.

Some folks like to check the alignment using a long straight edge, and make small adjustments.  Parking the connectors in one of the rails makes them hard to lose.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2007, 10:46 AM by Daviddubya »
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Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: Rail connectors
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2007, 12:47 PM »
  I find leaving a small gap (less than 1/16") between the rails gives you some play for alignment. I use a 6' level or you can use the factory edge of your sheet goods. It's tempting to really tighten  the set screws down, don't, you will dimple the rail. Besides they don't need to be more than snug, just check the alignment once in a while during the project, readjest when needed. David is right, if you find good pairings, mark them. Good luck.

Offline Jerry Work

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Re: Rail connectors
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2007, 12:27 AM »
Hi all,

I find a long level a good way to make sure two rails align.  I like to clamp the level to the MFT, then register the two rails and tighten them down holding the pair against the edge of the level.  Result is a nice straight edge.  I am partial to Stabula levels in the roughtly 6' length, but any good brand will do.

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