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wanted: STRATE-CUT UNIVERSAL GUIDE

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Want to buy: STRATE-CUT Model 3551 UNIVERSAL CUTTING GUIDE sold late '60s early  '70s by R.A.K. PRODUCTS, INC P.O. BOX 23426 MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN 53223


They consisted of 2 - approx 50 inch x 3 1/2 inch extruded aluminum straightedges with a coupler.


They don't seem to be in business anymore.  I lost one of my set. 

Cutting guide (post #174301, reply #1 of 10)

I was looking to see how to use it.  But if you need it It's yours.

After 9 years I kinda doubt (post #174301, reply #2 of 10)

After 9 years I kinda doubt that he's still looking for it.

(But I think I have one of these out in the garage somewhere.  Never used it that much because the coupler wouldn't hold it straight.)


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Hey Dan (post #174301, reply #3 of 10)

you want to make a 16 ft'er?

The clamps might not be with it anymore. 

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Don't really have much call (post #174301, reply #4 of 10)

Don't really have much call for a crooked 16' "straightedge".


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Incidentally, it's mostly (post #174301, reply #5 of 10)

Incidentally, it's mostly intended for cutting sheet goods -- plywood.

The original comes with two clamps that fit on the underside and slide in the tracks there, allowing it to be clamped to plywood with no "overhead" obstructions.  Then you can run your saw along it with the motor overhanging the straightedge.

To deal with its flex in the joint, I'd use a strip of 1/2" plywood about 2" wide.  Set the guide straight using another straightedge across the joint, then "buck" the joint by setting the plywood strip on the non-cutting side and clamping it.  Unless one was close to the edge of the sheet, the clamp would be far enough back to not interfere with the motor.

If the joining mechanism had been better (and the clamps not so cheaply made) it would have been a pretty good tool.  As it was, it was just tolerable -- better than nothing but a lot of trouble to use.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

rip guide (post #174301, reply #6 of 10)

I have a small machine shop made rip guide that assists in rips  up to 26" wide.  Made for the old (315's) Rockwell circ. saw.

Keep the guide and saw parallel and it produces at least as straight a cut as the cobbled up guide we talked about.

It's a quick go to guide when making repetitive rips in sheeting or other non-exact jobs.

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I use a shoot board for (post #174301, reply #7 of 10)

I use a shoot board for shorter cuts, but an 8-foot one is kinda awkward.  I don't do much plywood chopping anymore, though, so I get along with the old STRATE-CUT when I need to do it.

And if the guide you're talking about is a standard rip gauge, the problem with those is that they can only cut as straight as the edge of the sheet, and quite often plywood sheet edges are not that straight (or square).


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rip fence, shoot board, old straight edge, track saw. (post #174301, reply #8 of 10)

each has it's place (except that the old straight cutter mentioned in the original post-which is in a back corner of the shop.........I think).

 

The rip fence is not "standard"-it's 30" long.  And it's place is quick, no measure each time, repetitive ply cuts-not quality ply or cuts.

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Strate cut guide (post #174301, reply #9 of 10)

Looking for a state cut guide. Two guides,  connector, 

Greetings (post #174301, reply #10 of 10)

You might want to change your byline-some might think it's an official title of this web forum.

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