A simple rip jig for my Festool TS 55 EQ circular saw and rail
system. My first attempt at this was simply two pieces of plywood
clamped together, the rail sat on the upper piece and I moved it to
the appropriate place. The problem was that this made a kerf cut at
different places in the lower piece, and I was dependent on the rubber
edge of the rail to set my cut depth. This new jig solves both those
One caveat: I have recently learned that not all Festool blades, even of
the same type, have the same distance from rail edge to kerf. I have
three of the standard general purpose blades, two which are dead on, and
a third (newer one) which is just a hair (like a 64th of an inch or so)
An overall view. There are two
movable sections, the fence, which is "L" shaped and is clamped under
those knobs. It moves in and out underneath the rail, and was cut so
that the distance from that strip along the back to the front edge is
exactly the depth of the rail, so I can set my thickness by using a
spacer between that and the back of the rail.
Here are the component pieces. The base, with the threaded rod sticking up and one of the knobs which goes on the threads, the fence, with its slots for movement, and the rail, for comparative lengths
Same picture, from the other side
A detail picture of the edge
of the rail, showing the clip to hold the rail in place, and how the
pieces come together.
You can see that the fence
assembly from the part under the rail to the strip along the back of
the rail is exactly the width of the rail. As mentioned above, I built
it wider than that and cut it to size with the saw
Here's the gap under the rail, obviously this is usually occupied by the stock being cut.
Not sure this is terribly interesting, but this shows the clamp I bent out of a strip of metal, with the rod I cut diagonally and slide into the hole to hold it in.
Here's the saw on the rail, you can see that the blade always cuts in the kerf, it's the fence that moves in and out
These two are just a simple sequence of the rail with the rail temporarily moved to expose the fence, and the rail in place without moving the fence.