For years I have cut sheet stock (MDF etc) using a Workmate, numerous
clamps, a straightedge and my trusty AEG jigsaw. Needless to say, this
takes a while to set up.
What I need, and possibly can afford now, is a flat, machined surface
with a sliding straightedge as a permanent fixture that I can adust to
the cutting line. Bit like many DIY timber merchants have in their saw
mills, though these are industrial quality of course. I need something
I've reviewed the Incra tool catalogue, but couldn't see anything
What would you recommend I look at next?
Something like this:
In different sizes and loads of accessories :
On Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:47:24 +0000, The Other Mike
Also useful to know, but one of the comments in the reviews mentions:
"The only thing letting these clamps down is when clamped there is
movement of the rail making them not suitable for accurte fence work."
This was also mentioned in another comment.
I bought the Trend Varijig locally today (36 inch) and I'm very
pleased with it. I've already done about a dozen cuts in a third of
the time it usually takes with a straightedge and G clamps. It cost
£33.78 at Kirby & Wells in Spalding, who are Trend Silver Stockists.
Good service. They got one in 24 hours just to let me have a look at
it first before committing to purchase.
I bought a clamp on saw guide a while back, but have never found it rigid
enough to guarantee that it won't move during cutting.
I use a straight edge and squeeze up clamps like
which are a lot quicker than G clamps.
Still a bit of a faff to set up, what with allowing the offset for the saw
A jigsaw, even a good one, isn't the tool for cutting sheet stock.
Buy a reasonable circular saw & make yourself a sawboard. Whoever
devised it was a genius. They cost almost nothing to make and will give
stunningly accurate cuts.
Dave - The Medway Handyman www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
On Sun, 08 Mar 2015 22:33:32 +0000, The Medway Handyman
Sorry, but I am afraid of circular saws ever since I saw the results
of an accident at a sawmill years ago. I could never use one, let
alone own one. I still see bad practice in, say, some DIY YouTube
videos where the operator displays a degree of nonchalance when using
them. Sure, any sharp tool, especially moving, is potentially
dangerous, but since jigsaws are here I might as well use them
instead. I've had the same one since the 1970s.
The Journal of Trauma Management and Outcomes states: "Although
injuries due to circular saws are very common all over the world....
Most patients had more than ten years experience in using these power
tools." So it's definitely a case of familiarity breeding
The sawboard idea seems really only an extension of how I do things at
the moment -- with a straightedge and clamps. But the Trend device
looks better than just a straightedge because it's been designed for
the purpose with integral clamps as far as I can tell.
The big advantage of a sawboard is that you don't have to faff around
with allowing for the offset between the blade and the guide - and
getting it wrong. Just put the board down with it's edge against the cut
line, clamp it and away you go.
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