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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Help Using TSO Square on Narrower Boards
« on: October 21, 2019, 05:03 PM »
I have a large 4'x8' work table utilizing 3-piece MFT slabs that I can assemble in 5-minutes or less. My original plan was to use the slabs with bench dogs and rails for my work...then I bought a TSO Square (GRS16-PE). Since then I have been exclusively using the GRS with a rail for my crosscutting.

Only slight issue I have is when crosscutting narrower boards with a shorter 39" rail the rail wants to pivot upwards due to the weight of the track saw.

Anyone found a work around for this?


Thanks
Mike

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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Help Using TSO Square on Narrower Boards
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2019, 05:38 PM »
how wide are your work pieces that you are trying to crosscut?

Peter

Offline RKA

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Re: Help Using TSO Square on Narrower Boards
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2019, 05:45 PM »
Do you have enough room on the track to slide the GRS further up the rail?  You just need 10" or so to add some filler material material matching the material you are cutting.  Make sure the blade won't hit the filler when you plunge down to begin your cut (or the saw will kick back).
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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Help Using TSO Square on Narrower Boards
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2019, 09:05 PM »
@Peter Halle I’d say boards 20” or smaller in width. Guess anything I use my 39” rail with. Seems the 55” rail is heavy enough to somewhat balance the saws weight.

@RKA  Yes - a filler would work. Thinking I probably can make something for standard 3/4” material to attach to the bottom of my TSO square.

I spent many years with Eurekazone tools - just over a year ago I switched over to Makita/Festool. The EZ square was about 2-1/2” wide and about 3/4” thick so I think that was acting as a kick-stop of sorts.

Thanks for the replies - I have a few things to try.

Mike

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Re: Help Using TSO Square on Narrower Boards
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 10:07 PM »
Mike,
a "filler" would not need to be any larger than a postage stamp. Add a bit of double-stick tape for easy-on / easy-off and you should be good to go.

You may find that the filler can simply sit on your worksurface.

Hans
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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Help Using TSO Square on Narrower Boards
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2019, 08:53 AM »
Mike,
a "filler" would not need to be any larger than a postage stamp. Add a bit of double-stick tape for easy-on / easy-off and you should be good to go.

You may find that the filler can simply sit on your worksurface.

Hans

@TSO Products  Hans - glad you have those tapped holes on the outboard side of the GRS16-PE. Might add something there.

All- some may think why not just use a SCMS? I'm in a garage shop with limited space so if I have a couple cuts to make it is way easier to pull out my TSO Square and guide rail than to set up my miter saw.

Mike