Aligning The Guide Rail
pair of Qwas Dogs and stick them in a row of vertical holes
just to the left of the guide rail. Try to space out the dogs, one near
the bottom and one near the top for better accuracy. The farther apart
the dogs, the better your accuracy.
the guide rail up against the bench dogs. Make sure the rail
is locked into the alignment pin on the front bracket. Secure the
thumb screws on the guide rail brackets that slide in the slots on the
It is now
aligned and ready for use. You will find the left side of the
guide rail is easier to align with than using the right side with the
rubber strip. It is also just as accurate.
Rail alignment is that easy. No wiggling, wrestling with a
square, no double or triple checking to see if anything bumped. Just
make sure the guide rail was locked in the little pin on it’s front
bracket. And be sure to tighten the thumb screws on the guide rail
clamp to prevent the clamps from moving.
you have aligned the guide rail as stated above. Put your
Qwas Dogs into a row of horizontal holes. The top edge of your
workpiece will rest on these so space accordingly. Again, try to space
the Qwas Dogs out using as much of the table as possible while still
being able to have the board rest against them. If your Qwas Dogs are
lower the board's thickness, you can use a hole under the guide rail.
not need to use a row of holes near the top. As long as your
board will fit on the table, you can use the Qwas Dogs in the of the
table. No need to stretch while making a crosscut on narrow stock.
board in place against the bench dogs and under the guide
rail. Slide the board to align your cutting mark. Hold the board firmly
against the Qwas Dogs and cut as you normally would.
squares or tools are needed. Align the rail, move the bench dogs,
bring your board in place, and cut. That is all there is to it.
45 Degree Miter Cut
you have aligned the guide rail as stated above. Insert your
Qwas Dogs into a diagonal row of holes (you know, 1 up and 1 over or 1
down and 1 over). Space your Qwas Dogs out and use as much of the table
as possible. Push your board against the bench dogs and under the guide
rail. Make your cut.
cuts can be made by using a vertical row of holes to the left
or right of the guide rail. By now I'm sure you're getting the hang of
this and can figure out you need to put the Qwas Dogs in vertical row
of holes. But what if the distance between the dogs and the aligned
guide rail is not correct? An easy solution is to use a speed square.
Let the lip slide on the top or bottom edge of the MDF top. You can
align and hold the workpiece with the Qwas Dogs and use the speed
square to align the rail.
Here is a
You Tube video showing how to align the guide rail: Qwas Dogs and Guide Rail Alignment
is another one demonstrating the Qwas Dogs: Making a Window Frame
Here is video from Paul-Marcel with a excellent description
on how to use them: My