My Small Shop Tips, Tricks and Jigs #1: Make a Crosscut Jig (for circular saw)

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Blog entry by Ryan Bruzan posted 01-30-2011 05:44 PM 11961 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While it would be great to invest in a multi-function sliding table saw for precision cross cuts with precision guides, rails, stops, etc., such is not always possible for whatever reason. In this video I will show you my version of a $7000 cross cutting jig less than a 30-minute investment to make it. Enjoy…

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 04:00 AM

Sounds interesting, but the video doesn’t work I get an “error has occurred try again later” message when I try to play it.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 05:53 AM

Worked for me.

Good video. I use one of these too. But why bother measuring and marking the blade offset? The kerf left in the wood of the crosspiece indicates the exact location of the blade. Just line the kerf up with your cut and you read to go.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 08:27 AM

559, there is a direct link to the YouTube video. Did you try that?

Ha! Swirt that is an excellent observation! I actually did that on my previous crosscut table, just didn’t think about it on this one. Thanks a million!

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 06:54 AM

Thanks for the video. We use those types of jigs for doing vinyl siding…it is quick and safe.

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 04:23 AM

I usually just cut with the kerf to the cull side and then it doen’t matter how wide of kerf the blade takes.
I tried woodworking a couple of times and my results are posted here:
and here:
Let me know how you think I’m doing.

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