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Blog entry by BigTiny posted 02-23-2011 01:53 AM 776 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve used a certain type of circular saw jig to cut straight and accurate lines. All I did was glue and screw a piece of 1×4 to a piece of thin plywood or hardboard. Glue it on a little more than the distance from the edge of the saw base to the blade. When the glue dries, use the circular saw to cut the ply or hardboard to size. Keep the saw tight against the 1×4, using it as a fence. Ne sure the fence is dead straight.

Now when you need a straight line cut with the circular saw, just clamp the edge of the jig at the line and cut away. The fence keeps the blade on the line.

Hope this comes in handy. I can’t take credit for the idea as my dad used to do it back in the 50’s.

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 02:38 AM

BigTiny can we see a pic. If its a manual without pic’s I’m lost. It sounds simple and useful.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 04:18 AM

Dave, here’s a link to show you what he’s talking about. It’s a great jig. I learned about it from a magazine (Wood magazine, if memory serves).

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 05:19 AM

Thx bigtiny and jasond for the link

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 12:42 PM

Hi Bigtiny,
I used to use this trick also and it do work!
It’s a exelent tip.
Now I’m the lucky owner of this: http://www.tracksaw.com/ this system is based on that idea.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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