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Old 11-08-2008, 11:36 PM
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Default Cutting Small Thin Pieces under the Rail

Have you tried to cut a workpiece that is completely under the guide rail? It's hard to hold it in place and sometimes you just wish you could slip a finger under that rail to hold it. That was me today. Of course there's no way I'm putting MY fingers under there, and Fred is just too far away to wait for him and his fingers. So here comes my solution to the problem.

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I use a straight piece of metal to make my reference right angle and clamp it in place. The Qwas Dogs help but are not necessary.


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Find a piece of metal, plastic, wood that is 8-9 inches long and drill 1/4 inch hole near the center. My piece is 3/4 inch wide, 1/8 inch thick aluminum bar. Find a 1/4-20 bolt about 1/2 inch long and a nut. Assemble and then slide it down the groove in the bottom side of the rail. Slide it down the rail until its within 1 or 2 inches of the workpiece. Finger tighten the bolt.


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Bring the rail down and use your finger to "pry" or hold the workpiece in place. Make your cut.


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It even worked for making 45 degree cuts. There is my finished piece.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:05 AM
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Default Re: Cutting Small Thin Pieces under the Rail

Pretty creative solution!! I like the way you think there.

Rey
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:39 AM
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Default Re: Cutting Small Thin Pieces under the Rail

That's a very clever solution, Steve. Nice one. I can imagine using it a lot!
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:48 AM
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Default Re: Cutting Small Thin Pieces under the Rail

Excellent idea, Steve!

Um, how should I say this.....a much more intelligent and creative solution than what I did under similar circumstances. And I didn't even think of using Fred and his fingers.

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