Skill Saw Guide

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Cutting a straight line with a skill saw can be difficult.

I have made a few of these guides for the two skill saw but the others are ¾ inch think and 48 inches long. This this time decided to make one that was not as thick as my others and short. Using a 48 inch guide for a 12 inch cut doesn’t work well.

Trimming it down from 3/4 to about 1/2 in. I found 3/4 is too think and sometimes does not allow me the depth of cut needed

A little glue and three screws to hold the fence in place

I top the board with a thin white hardboard and wax it down so the saw slides like ice!

With the fence in place, I now make my cut. This will now serve as the guide for ever cut.

The black fabric is “carpet stay.” you know – the rubber stuff that helps prevent the throw rugs “da little women” insist on having throughout the house. Some spray glue and a few staples hold it down.

The proof is in the cut! Nice and square.

The link below will show you more information about the use of this jig.

-- Harold

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#1 posted 03-31-2016 06:22 AM

That’s a nice jig, and that’s the only way I can cut a straight line with a skill saw. I can sure mess up a board without using a jig.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#2 posted 03-31-2016 01:55 PM

Understand, Bruce. It sure does help.

-- Harold

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 09:13 PM

I think this is what I need to get straightened out. I have the same trouble keeping it straight. I can see where a couple of different lengths would be a good thing. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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