Right now, I use a reliable straight edge mated to an 8" wide 8' long piece of 1/4" ply.
The straight edge is mounted so that non-cutting side has some excess (about 2 1/2") for clamping. The cutting side was ripped with the saw riding against the straight edge. The cut edge is lined up with the cut line (ticks at each end of the work). No need to figure offsets.
But, stay tuned. In a few weeks I'm going to build a Festool-like cutting system. I'll be posting pictures of the build.
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