|Project by hjt||posted 03-23-2013 12:15 AM||9606 views||17 times favorited||20 comments|
As I often say, “I get excited when I cut a straight line!” Achieving this with a circular saw can be a challenge, especial when one is just starting out making saw dust.
Wish I could take credit for this idea, but whoever designed it was a genius. I first saw this in some wood working magazine I got from Home Depot. I later searched LJ to see if anyone had improved upon the idea and one fellow had.
While I don’t have any photos of me making this guide or jig, the process is simple. Get a flat, wide, solid board to use as the base. Attach a strip of wood to the base. This will be the guide that the saws rides against. Now set the base of your saw against the wood strip and rip the board. When done, the saw blade will be right on the edge of the board with the base right up to the wood strip. (Hope this makes sence)
Now here it is “in action.”
Measure – 20 1/2
Position the guide – line the edge of the guild right up to your mark.
Cuts. No clamps!!!
20 1/2 YES!! Smile.
Clamps always got in my way, and our fellow LJ from Ireland came up with the idea of using “carpet stay.” And believe me, it works. My neighbor (Roger) who is an incredible carpenter, was amazed that the padding sticks so well.
I’m going to rebuild this soon and change two features. First I’m going to use ¼ inch hardy board instead the ¾ inch board I now have. This will achieve two things, it will make it lighter and secondly, the thinner base will allow me to cut thicker wood. While I don’t often trim doors, my present guild just barely cut the door edge.
The second thing is that I’ll make it wider so that I can use clamps when needed. In these photos, since the guild was so much longer then the piece I was cutting, it would have been nice to have it clamped down just for the added security. But as you can see, the cut was dead on. Gotta like that!