Tools for Working Wood

 Joel's Blog at Tools for Working Wood

Festool Parallel Guide - Best Idea Since Sliced bread  

03/12/2009 A Definite Product Plug

We have a lot of customers who use a Festool plunge saw instead of a panel saw or a table saw because
1 - It's less expensive,
2 - It's portable and you can take it to the job site,
3 - The great dust collection saves you oodles of time.

The only issue is when you need to chop up a panel into regular sections - like carcass sides, shelves, and things like that. Up to now you had to lay out the panel set the guide, and it's true you if you are careful you can do very repeatable work - but it's not like using a panel saw.

Now we all know that the fence that comes with a multi-function table has a stop and you can do a pretty good job - but on wider panels it's not ideal.

So now comes the introduction of the best idea since sliced bread.

The Parallel Guides! Basically all you do is clamp the guides to a guide rail (not included) and then set a stop and bingo that's it.

1 - Move material against the stop.
2 - Cut it.
3 - Repeat until you are done.
There are two ways of using the guide. As in the picture above, with the entire setup, you can accurately cut narrow strips. Unlike a chop saw you can cut long narrow strips off a wide panel. In the picture below, the stops are moved to the other end of the guides, the "U" shaped front part of the gadget is removed, and you can easily cut wider panels like shelving and the like precisely and repeatably.

To clamp the wood in place just use the regular guide clamps that work from below.

I'm using the guide resting on our old MFT 800 table but any support will do. Having a MFT table isn't required to use the guide.

The only annoying thing I see is that the measurement markings are in metric, which isn't a problem because I lay everything out with a pencil anyway.

For details click HERE

Free Delivery anywhere in the USA.

This has got to be the most useful accessory Festool has introduced in ages.

If you are local come on by to the showroom for a look see.

Tags:Product News, Sales, and Promotions
Comments: 0
Comments are closed.
The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the blog's author and guests and in no way reflect the views of Tools for Working Wood.
 Joel's Blog
 Ben's Blog
 Work Magazine
Recent Blogs:
July Fourth Weekend and Objects That Connect. -10/07/2015
On the Diversity of Saws-09/30/2015
Woodcarving At Coney Island-09/09/2015
The Philadephia Museum of Art and Festool Fall News-09/02/2015
New Saturday Hours-08/19/2015
A Look at Violin-Maker's Planes-07/08/2015
Linoleum Block Printing-06/17/2015
Blasts from the Past - Reimagined - and Made For the Future-05/15/2015
Festool Package News and Some Long-Term Things You Should Be Aware Of-04/29/2015
Sleep Like an Egyptian-04/08/2015
Game Changer: Should You Buy the Festool Conturo Edge-Bander?-03/11/2015
Guest Blog: Many Sincere Thanks-02/25/2015
Festool Vacuums and the Changing Jobsite-02/18/2015
News (some good some sad)-02/04/2015
Pay For Play-01/21/2015
Diamond Sharpening - Part 2 - Grits and Scratches-01/14/2015
One Book - Three Editions-01/07/2015
Diamond Sharpening - Introduction-12/11/2014
Professional Status-12/03/2014
Cyber Monday - Actually Starts On Sunday Night!-11/26/2014
Older Entries...
Some Interesting Woodworking Blogs
Adam Cherubini
Tom Fidgen
Full Chisel Blog
Hock Tools - The Sharpening Blog
Norse Woodsmith
Jeff Peachy (book conservation)
Pegs and 'Tails
The Produce Savant
Konrad Sauer
Another Chris Schwarz Blog
Robin Wood Woodcraft
Rude Mechanicals Press(Megan Fitzpatrick) - Hand Tool News
The Woodshop Bug
Chris Schwarz
Some Woodworking Forums
Family Woodworking
Saw Mill Creek
Wood Central
Woodwork Forums (Australia)
UK Workshop