Workshop Tip: Square up a tracksaw with an add-on fence
Fence helps when aligning large pieces for square cuts
I recently bought a tracksaw, mainly to help me break down sheet goods that are too large for my tablesaw. I use it most often for crosscutting large pieces and full sheets. To speed up this process, I added a fence to the end of the track, turning it into a long T-square of sorts. That lets me simply press the fence against the workpiece and align it with a single pencil mark. I fastened the fence to the bottom of my track with a 3/8-in.-dia. dowel through an existing hole and a T-nut in the slot under the track. Two T-nuts would also work. The slight wiggle in the attachment points lets you square the bar to the track, using an accurate square. While I haven’t had any problems with the track sliding around, I made a clamp that fits in the same underside slot to secure the far end.
—MARK STECKEL, London, Ont., Canada
Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Fine Woodworking issue #284