Tips For Cutting With A Circular Saw

Make and use a straightedge:

Build an 8-ft straightedge to cut plywood and paneling with your circular saw. After assembling the straightedge, position the circular saw with the foot tight against the cleat and trim off the excess portion of the plywood base. To use the straightedge, position the trimmed edge of the plywood base flush with your cutting line and clamp the straightedge to the workpiece.

Good-side-down for cleaner cuts.

Portable circular saws cut on the upward rotation of the blade. To avoid tear out on the better face of your workpiece, turn it good-face-down when cutting.

Two techniques for making plunge cuts.

Use a circular saw. Place the front edge of the foot against the board, retract the blade guard and hold it in a raised position with your thumb. Turn on the saw and lower the blade into the wood, using the front of the saw foot as a fuicrum. Always wear safety goggles.

Use a jig saw. Tip the jig saw forward on the front edge of its foot. Align the tip of the blade with the cutting line, then turn on the saw and gently but firmly lower the blade into the cutting area. The blade will want to bounce, but by maintaining the firm pressure on the front of the foot you can keep it under control until it enters the wood.

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Sure, a circular saw is a useful tool for breaking down plywood, but it can also be used to build impressive woodworking projects if you don’t have a fancy shop or a lot of money. Here’s everything you need to know about circular saws to get started.

8 ESSENTIAL Circular Saw Tips for the Beginner.

8 Essential Circular Saw Tips for the Beginner. Circular saws can be an intimidating tool to use for those not used to using one, and for good reason, they can do a lot of damage in the blink of an eyelid. My recommendation is to just take your time, make sure that your surroundings are free of clutter and secure your pieces that you are cutting with a clamp to minimize potential injuries.

With that, in today’s video l just want to brush up on the basics so that your experience using the circular saw is an efficient, enjoyable and safe one. That way you’ll be able to build anything from an outdoor sofa or even a little step stool to an actual house, safer and quicker.

The two popular circular saw sizes are the 7 ¼” and 9 ¼” models. For most of us, the 7 ¼” saw is the perfect size capable of performing most cutting tasks whilst the 9 ¼” model is more for the professional contractor.

As far as blades go, the 24 tooth model is a more rugged blade and is for faster cuts that is suited to jobs like construction or landscaping. The 40 to 60 tooth model is for work where the finish cut needs to be of a higher standard such as doing trim carpentry or cutting plywood. Having said that, both models fresh out of the packet create a pretty nice finish.

How To Cut Straight Line With A Circular Saw.

Cut a straight line with a cicular saw. Couple quick tips for cutting a staight line with a Skills Saw.

Cutting Large Sheets With A Circular Saw

In this video we are looking at a few ways to safely and accurately cut large sheets of plywood. Plus, we will look at a way to carry plywood, and two methods for supporting them. This is the first time I’ve used the Kreg Accucut and RipCut systems, and I have to say, I’m pretty impressed!

Learn how to plunge cut with a circular saw

Learn good technique for fast, safe, and accurate plunge cuts with a circular saw (commonly known as a skill saw). Most importantly, learn how to start the cut running parallel to your cut line!

This an important cut for starting a rip that does extend to either end of the work piece. I have noticed that even some moderately experienced carpenters are not proficient at this cut, and/or are even terrified to attempt it!

This type of wood cut could also be made with a jig saw, but the circular saw will generally give you a much straighter, cleaner cut on your board. Also, learn a trick for fast and accurate rip cuts without using a rip guide.

My dad taught me how to do this when I was about 15 years old and I have been doing it ever since. This video is aimed to help young and/or new people entering the construction field become better carpenters.

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