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Offline jcrowe1950

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2020, 08:35 PM »
About the DIY parallel guides. I would give em a try since they cost almost nothing. I also don't like the fact that most parallel guides are attached to the rail.

    That most parallel guides attach to the rails is the reason they are so accurate. Pushing against the calibrated stops takes the guesswork out of the process. If you don't use the method of work for which parallel guides makes sense then that's fine. Today I processed seven sheets of plywood at 10 3/8" width with Festools parallel guide for a kids project during our anniversary sale. It would have been unsafe on our Sawstop as well as inaccurate. For cabinet work, it makes sense to use parallel guides to rip to final width accurately, safely and quickly. Then squaring up and cutting to length is typically done using something like an MFT or TSO's squares and parallel guide combinations. As always, YMMV and if your method of work does not fit parallel guides, it's easy to eschew their use. One other issue with the DIY setup mentioned, they are calibrated to a single rail....I don't see how could be recalibrated easily.
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Offline JimH2

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2020, 09:45 AM »
+1 the 3000. Joining is a rig at best and you need a jig to get it just right. Until I flipped to Mafell I had a 3000. Do keep in mind that you need to be careful to make sure you are not applying any lateral force as you can get some deflection.

Offline Coen

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2020, 06:07 PM »
One of the reasons I didn't buy a 3000 yet is that it isn't holy. Longest holy rail is the FS 2424/2-LR 32 but for ripping 2440 sheets that is simply too short. The last thing I want to do is buy a 3000 and find out that one month later Festool releases a holy 3000. Alas... I've been waiting a *few* years.

Offline afish

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2020, 09:44 AM »
Yes, its really short sighted on Festools part. Just like the fact that RTS/DTS 400 is two different sanders.  If Festool would have made it so the base was easily interchangeable so I only had to buy one sander I would have bought one.  The Motor/body is exactly the same so why would I want to Buy, store, and clutter up my work bench with 2 different sanders.  If it was just one and I could keep the other pad in my apron,it would be so much better.  The 400 looks like the perfect for sander for sanding drawers but it would be nice to have the DTS for in the corners and the RTS for the rest.  Not sure if it was more short sightedness or greed trying to make me buy 2 of basically the same sander.  So instead I refuse to buy one at all. 

Offline Jimmy69

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #34 on: October 02, 2020, 07:32 PM »
+1 the 3000. Joining is a rig at best and you need a jig to get it just right. Until I flipped to Mafell I had a 3000. Do keep in mind that you need to be careful to make sure you are not applying any lateral force as you can get some deflection.

I ended up buying a second 1400 (no holes as I decided against the LR32 and got the Mafell DDF40) and a Excell set of connectors for the rails, similar to the Makita connectors but at £6.95 for the set! I used a Benchdogs rail square. I found quite a bit of play in this set up and I don't think it was necessarily the connectors. I'd square up the rail square at one end and then go and check the other only to find it was often 5+mm out. The rail square was pushed up against the edge of the sheet tight, there were no gaps where the rails joined. I ended up having to measure at both ends every time. Not what I wanted but I didn't trust the joined rails and the square. I still don't have anywhere to store a 3000 so it's never going to be an option.

Offline mkasdin

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Re: Cutting along 8 foot sheet?
« Reply #35 on: October 02, 2020, 08:51 PM »
If you’re just doing lower base cabinets I would look at getting the fs 1900 rail guide. It’s the size that pretty versatile other than the 1080 and 1400? I would rough dimension  a 4x8 sheet to get the size to a comfortable by cutting the sheet across the width in a predetermined location. Then straightline the two separate pieces. Then make your final cuts LxH with either the fs 1400 or fs1900 if your using the TSO rail guide. The first straight cut(s) I would just lay the track down 1/4” in.