Well it’s official. I outgrew my portable table saw. But I lack the space for a serious upgrade right now, so instead of building a new shop I decided to go a different route: I bought a DEWALT DWS520CK 6-1/2-Inch 12-AMP TrackSaw. I also picked up a set of TrackSaw Track Clamps and a Router Adapter to go with it.
I was sold on the particular model that I bought based on this this video from The Wood Whisperer. As usual he didn’t steer me wrong. This saw is amazing. I’m not cutting sheet stock like nobody’s business. My only complaint is that on the back edge of the cut I did see a little bit of tear-out, but it’s pretty minimal and an be eliminated by making sure that the work piece is stabilized on both sides of the cut.
After I ripped and crosscut a piece for my bookshelf and verified just how damned accurate the cut was (hint: way more accurate than my previous solution using a circular saw and a jointed piece of MDF), I decided I wanted to play with the router guide. It was incredibly easy to attach to my router, though you can see from the silly video below I’m still getting the hang of setting it up for accurate cuts. It’s difficult for me to see exactly where the router blade will fall, but that problem has more to do with my inexperience with setting up a router than anything to do with the track or router guide. Enjoy the video below!