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How To: Make Your Own Track Saw

If you watch any quantity of maker videos on YouTube, you know that track saws are all the rage these days. What is a track saw? It it sort of a portable table saw. It is a saw that includes guide track that gets clamped down to your workpiece and then a circular saw runs along the track to make perfectly straight, precise cuts. Track saws are mainly used in the field, when you’re away from your table saw, or if you don’t have a table saw. These saws are mainly used for accurately cutting down sheet goods.

A commercial track saw will cost you between $400-700. But you can make a track jig that utilizes your regular circular saw. Here are a couple of videos on how to make your own.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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