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Track Saw Tutorial: Processing Sheet Goods

I recently worked on a video series for Festool in which I covered examples of how you might use a Festool track saw in a shop or on the jobsite. I typically work out of a small garage-based shop, and yet I’m able to process sheet goods in a one-person operation with limited space—something that wouldn’t be nearly as easy with a table saw.

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TiC will be republishing this video series, courtesy of Festool; visit tracksaw.com to view the complete series, with additional content provided by other contributors.

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In this first video, I’ll walk you through using a track saw to break down plywood, MDF, and other sheet goods. Using a track saw produces superior cut quality with no splintering. It also prevents you from having to lift and run large sheets through a table saw, which can be awkward and presents safety concerns. With a track saw, multiple sheets can be cut simultaneously, speeding the entire process. A track saw is a very versatile tool and can be used for many applications beyond processing sheet goods.

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6 Responses to “Track Saw Tutorial: Processing Sheet Goods”

  1. Big bob

    This is exactly what I use the track saw for. I bought a blade with 12 teeth to break down milled rough sawn stock, as well. No way do I have room to do this effectively with my table saw. Before the Festool track saw, it was very hit and miss. But now, it can be done with a finish cut. I don’t know how I would do it otherwise. Thanks for the video!!

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  2. Frank

    Use the track saw in conjunction with Manny’s work table (article from several years ago)and your cooking

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  3. David Tuttle

    Great video, I agree 100% with you about the saw. I guess the new saws depth gauge’s biggest advantage is the scale to account for the track?

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  4. sancho

    Nice videos Mike. Im going to be relocating and will have a shop about the size of yours. I got rid of all my stationary tools and now use only festools and I dont miss the stationary tools at all. I didnt even turn on my table saw for the last year.

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  5. Earon Kavanagh

    Nice demonstration, Mike. Thanks. I used to make up my own saw guides to break down wood, out of plywood and masonite. About 7 years ago I bought a Veritas power tool guide from Lee Valley and have now been using that. I stopped in and examined the Festool saw guide and saw recently and was concerned that it might be a bit flimsy. What I do like about the track is that the saw base does not touch the wood, and of course the dust collection.

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