The latest Penn State catalog has a nice aluminum cutting guide on page 63. Two
pieces at 51" that can be connected together to create a 102" fence. Seems
great for routers, jigsaws, circular saws, etc. Comes with two 51" aluminum
cutting guides & two "C" clamps for $21.95.
Catalog is marked as Winter 2004-05 051.
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Available from Lowe's for $18.98. I have one and its so-so. I found
that building a sawboard was much more accurate because it exactly
matches where the saw blade will cut. The aluminum guide has no idea
where the saw blade is. I also built a board for my router along the
Maybe it was the vise principal - sorry, couldn't resist :-).
The problem with the aluminum guide I have is that it flexes where the
two pieces join. Not a lot, just enough to be a PITA. I drilled a
small hole through at the join, just large enough to take a finishing
nail. Solved the problem. If the miniscule nail hole is unacceptable,
use two sided tape.
But you're right - a sawboard is better. I made one that's set for my
circular saw on one edge, my sabre saw on the other. But it's only 4'
so I use the aluminum for 8' cuts.
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